Governor and State Legislator Retirement Benefits

Governors and State Legislators Clean Up With Pensions and Other Benefits

Most people have probably heard the rumor that U.S. Congress members can retire after just one term and get their full salaries and benefits including a Cadillac health insurance benefit for the rest of their lives.

My hub “The Truth About Congress Members Pensions,” pretty well debunked those ideas, but here is the real issue that voters should be upset about. It is not U.S. legislators or the president who are cleaning up on pensions and benefits after they leave office – although they still do far better than most average taxpayers. It is the state legislators and governors, in many states, who make out like bandits – maybe that was a bad comparison . . .

Every state manages their own finances and every state has a different pension plan and benefits program for it’s elected and appointed officials, and their hired employees. In this article I will explain what the retirement benefits are for elected officials in five different states.

There simply is not space to list all the different plans every state has for their retired elected officials, and other employees, and every state is different. Some have big differences while others may have small differences compared to each other, but if you see what is happening in the five states I have chosen, it may give you an idea of things that may be happening in your own state (if yours is not one of the five reported on here) regarding pensions for retired state officials.

The five states I have chosen to highlight in this article regarding their retirement situation for their elected and appointed officials and their hired employees are Texas, Massachusetts, Wisconsin, Colorado, and California. I chose these five states because I have lived in every one of them at different times for at least a year or two, sometimes longer.

As it turns out, two of them are red states, two are blue states, and one is a swing state (purple). I don’t know if the political party in power in these particular states makes any difference in regard to their pensions and other retirement benefits programs for their state’s employees, since most of these plans are long term and most were put in place several years ago. It probably does not matter which party is in power in a state, but it is something to keep in the back of one’s mind.

Double Dipping

One of the reasons so many government workers in some states are making out so well with their retirement is because they are double dipping. So let me explain what ‘double dipping’ means for any of my readers who may not be familiar with that phrase.

Someone who retires from their government job and then comes back to work for their own state or local government, or for a different state or local government, often in the same job they had before ‘retiring,’ or sometimes in a new capacity, and then gets paid both their retirement and a wage or salary from the government, is double dipping. This applies to all state workers whether elected, appointed, or hired. Some teachers, judges, legislators, and other types of state workers are all doing this (double dipping) right now, and it is costing taxpayers dearly.

What these people are doing is barely legal, but extremely unethical. Gaming the system in this manner puts the retirement funds of all workers paying into it at risk because it is overburdened. It is violating pension laws and it is costing taxpayers, often unknowingly, millions of additional dollars every year over what it would cost to hire a non-retired employee. As you might imagine, proving that they never intended to retire from their jobs, but did so on paper for a few days essentially to give themselves a raise, is hard to prove.

Many of these people let their managers know when they tender their letter of resignation that they want to come back to work once the required 30-day separation period is over. Doing that is not considered a “good faith termination,” which is generally required by pension laws.

By letting their managers know they want to come back after the 30-day separation period, they are basically saying they do not really want to retire nor do they intend to retire. They are simply resigning as a formality to give themselves a raise. If their retirement is discovered to not be a ‘good faith termination,’ and therefore violates pension laws, there could be legal repercussions for them.

Some states are trying to pass laws to reduce or prevent double dipping, but as you might imagine, getting legislators to vote for themselves to have a tougher time double dipping is not popular.

Eric Litke writing for the Stevens Point, reports that a new Wisconsin law that took affect in July 2013 is attempting to reign in the abuses of double dipping in that state. Now retirees must wait a minimum of 75 days (up from 30) before they can be rehired and then they can only work for a third of the usual hours (1392 hours max for the year) the particular job they take normally requires. The new law does not address double dipping over state lines, however.

Litke gives many examples. I recommend anyone who is interested in double dipping in Wisconsin read his article: (

There is a lot of money involved in the practice of double dipping and the following examples are only focusing on school administrators. If school administrators are cleaning up in the hundreds of thousands of dollars, what are legislators and judges getting?

Litke gives the examples of 2 school administrators who are receiving pensions from other states while receiving salaries in Wisconsin. Kathleen Williams of Wausau Wisconsin tops the list receiving $157.994 in a salary from Wausau and a pension from the state of Illinois in the amount of $183.043 totaling $341.037 a year.

Attila Weninger of Stevens Point Wisconsin receives a salary of $155,500 from the Stevens Point School District and a pension from Illinois in the amount of 180,302 totaling $335, 802 a year.

These are examples of how double dipping works and how it benefits those who are doing the double dipping and how it costs taxpayers big bucks. Wisconsin is by no means the only state where this is happening. (See more on Wisconsin below.)

For more information on double dipping and on politics in general:

California State House

California state capitol building in Sacramento, California
California state capitol building in Sacramento, California | Source

Dianne Feinstein

Dianne Feinstein U.S. Senior Senatore from California since 1992 (D).
Dianne Feinstein U.S. Senior Senatore from California since 1992 (D). | Source

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Eighty-two-year old Diane Feinstein (Democrat) served 10 years as mayor of San Francisco, and 9 years as a San Francisco Supervisor before being elected to her current seat in the Senate in 1992.

Ms. Feinstein has received about 850,000 in retirement benefits over the past 20 years along with her Congressional salary (currently 174,000 per year, plus a yearly allowance for her office,) and other benefits. She is reportedly worth somewhere between 42.8 and 98.7 million dollars, (


Pensions for California legislators are based on number of years of service and their salary while serving. No legislator can collect more than 2/3 of his or her final salary.

There is also a death benefit paid to specified beneficiaries or survivors if a currently serving legislator or a retired former legislator dies.

For the governor and lieutenant governor, pension benefits are figured at 5% per year up to 8 years or 40% of their final salary. If they serve for 24 years or longer it is 60% of their final salary. The retirement age is 60. If a governor or lieutenant governor chooses to retire before age 60 their benefit is reduced by 2%.

Legislators and governors, etc., must have served at least 4 years and attained the age of 55 before they can retire. If the governor or lieutenant governor would choose to retire at any age prior to 55, they would be required to have served at least 20 years.

Healthcare benefits will be the same for legislators, and the governor and lieutenant governor and all other constitutional officers in keeping with The Affordable Care Act better known to some people as ObamaCare.

There is also disability coverage for all elected and appointed officials.

For further information copy and paste the URL below into your browser:

Colorado State House

Colorado state capitol building in Denver, Colorado.
Colorado state capitol building in Denver, Colorado. | Source


The most recent information I could find on the Colorado retirement plan for elected and appointed officials, and hired employees, is from 2006 and there have been some changes since then.

Retirees have had their benefits cut. Not just future retirees, but also current retirees have, and are experiencing, benefits cuts. Colorado is struggling to get their retirement plans solvent over the long run.

Employees of the state of Colorado, including elected officials, who were hired or took office after July 1, 2005, become vested after 5 years of service.

Employees and elected officials can retire at age 50 if they have provided 30 years of service. They can retire at age 60 with 20 years of service, or at 65 with 5 to 19 years of service.

Employees and elected officials who have provided 35 or more years of service can retire regardless of their age. There are other requirements for persons who desire to take early retirement.

Retired Colorado official’s monthly benefits are calculated by determining the highest average salary where contributions to the retirement plan were made for 3 periods of 12 consecutive months of service for each period. When that number is arrived at, it is halved and that is the benefit that retirees receive.

After 5 years of service, if a member of the Colorado Legislature should become permanently disabled, they may be eligible for benefits. If a member dies before retirement age is attained, their spouse or eligible children under age 23 may receive benefits.

Colorado state employees, including elected officials, contribute 8% of their salaries or wages to their retirement accounts. The state contributes 10.5%. In some cases where the retirement benefit is dependent on the job classification, the state may pay an additional 5%.

More Information on Colorado State Retirement Plans

List of salaries and recent benefits and benefit cuts to Colorado state employees: Copy and paste the following URL into your browser for more information . . .

Explanation of all benefits available to all Colorado state employees$FILE/1828%20Defined%20Contr%20Ret%20Plan%20June%2006%20rel%20Mar%2007.pdf

Massachusetts State House

Massachusetts state capitol building in Boston Massachusetts.
Massachusetts state capitol building in Boston Massachusetts. | Source


Massachusetts seems different than the other states I looked at, unless I missed something in the others. Massachusetts actually adds to pensions of legislators or other Massachusetts government officials when they perform voluntary administrative work. There is no paycheck for the work itself. It is a volunteer position, but there is a pension for people who do it. Jobs like sitting on the board of a hospital or library.

Both elected and appointed officials have added anywhere from 4,000 to 16,000 dollars a year for life to their pensions by adding their years of volunteer service into the years they served in the legislature. They need only to serve for a single day in a year to count that as one full year of service!

Currently, according to, the state of Massachusetts pays out more than 1.2 Billion dollars in pensions even as some of the people collecting them are cutting programs for citizens. At least 106 retired employees are receiving $100,000 a year or more in pensions as of this writing.

There is no minimum age or minimum number of years of service a former legislator must serve in order to collect his or her pension. Several former legislators have started collecting their pensions sometime during their 40th decade.

Both Republicans and Democrats have, and continue to take advantage of the current pension laws in Massachusetts. The current governor, Democrat Deval L. Patrick (Democrat) is pushing for reforms, and he has reportedly signed at least 3 bills into law over the past 3 years that will save Massachusetts taxpayers millions of dollars. However, even though the retirement benefits reforms will save over the long run, there will likely be no major changes in the near future. Most major changes will not affect current retirees or current office holders. It will be 20 to 30 years before change is noticeable. In the meantime Massachusetts, like most states, is struggling with the current economic situation.

Currently, the governor of Massachusetts is paid $135,000 a year and the lieutenant governor is paid $120,000 a year.

Nan East, writing on eHow reports: Massachusetts is one of only 10 states in the U.S. that has a full-time legislature. The base salary for all Massachusetts legislators is $61, 440 a year. Leadership positions pay more. For example, the Speaker of the Massachusetts House is paid an additional $35,000 a year over his or her regular base salary. There is also a $600 a month expense account per legislator as well as additional bonuses, tax breaks, and benefits for various reasons. Most Massachusetts legislators make at least 75,000 a year after everything available to them is added in.

In 1998 voters passed an amendment to the Massachusetts Constitution tying legislator’s pay to the average Massachusetts household income, which has enabled legislators, as well as the governor, lieutenant governor, and other state officials to receive raises automatically, without any politician’s involvement and without informing the public that raises were being given, on a regular basis. Massachusetts’ legislator’s pay is reviewed and reset every two years. For more details on this subject, check out the references posted at the end of this section.

For more information:

The Enterprise

MA House of Representatives average salaries

State Budget Solutions

Texas State House

Texas state capitol building in Austin Texas,
Texas state capitol building in Austin Texas, | Source

Ralph Hall

Ralph Moody Hall is the U.S. Representative from the 4th District of Texas since 1980 (R).
Ralph Moody Hall is the U.S. Representative from the 4th District of Texas since 1980 (R). | Source

Ralph Hall, Like Rick Perry, Is Cleaning Up by Double Dipping

Ninety-two-year-old Ralph Hall, the oldest member of the federal House of Representatives first elected in 1980 from the 4th District in Texas served in the Texas legislature for 10 years before being elected to his current seat in the House.

In the 32 years since becoming a member of the House of Representatives in Washington D. C., Hall has collected 1.3 million dollars in retirement benefits in addition to his salary.



Something a lot of people, including a lot of Texans probably do not know is that the Texas Legislature only meets every other year. That is correct, once every two years. They meet on every odd numbered year on the second Tuesday of January.

The Texas Legislature meets once every two years in Austin, the Capitol of Texas, and each legislative session is limited by the Texas Constitution, to 140 days. The governor of Texas, and only the governor, can order a special session that extends beyond the 140 days, as he (Rick Perry since 2000) did recently in order to pass limitations on abortion.

The short sessions that take place every other year should be remembered when considering that state legislators have linked their pensions to the salaries of state district judges who work every year for a lot more than a 140 days in most cases. By linking their pensions to the state judge’s salaries, legislators receive a raise in their pension benefits every time judges receive a salary increase (Odessa American).

That is not all. Legislator’s pensions can equal as much as 100% of a state district judge’s salary. Republican Tom Craddick will receive $125,000 a year when he retires from the Texas State Senate -- unless legislators decide to increase judge’s salaries even more before Craddick retires. In fairness, Craddick has held his office for 44 years. However, almost 60 legislators will receive more than 40,000 a year when they retire. Current salary for legislators in Texas is $7,200.00 a year (not every other year) plus other benefits. Keep in mind, the governor and legislators barely work for 140 days every other year.

Generally most people have to actually retire from their job before they can collect their pensions. Not so with many lawmakers all over this country – see double dipping above.

The current governor of Texas, Rick Perry (Republican), receives a salary of $150,000 a year, and on top of that, a pension of another $92,000. It is all perfectly legal, but perhaps one can see how it is the individual state laws, rather than the federal laws, that allow politicians to clean up.

Rick Perry is expected to run for president in 2016. If he should win the election, he will receive his retirement of $92,000 from when he served in the Texas legislature, plus an additional retirement benefit for his years served as governor, plus his salary as president. Even as Governor Perry is receiving $242,000 in salary and retirement from the state of Texas, he is denying his constituents medical care that would be paid for by the federal government.

For more information:

Wikipedia.Org on the Texas Legislature

Odessa American of Odessa TX : Texas State Legislator’s Shady Pay Raise

TX Gov Perry’s situation

Washington Post on Rick Perry

Wisconsin State House

Wisconsin state capitol building in Madison Wisconsin.
Wisconsin state capitol building in Madison Wisconsin. | Source

Jim Sensenbrenner

U.S. Representative from Wisconsin's 5th District since 1979 (R).
U.S. Representative from Wisconsin's 5th District since 1979 (R). | Source

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Jim Sensenbrenner, 70-two-year-old member of the U.S. House of Representatives has received nearly $100,000 in pension benefits since 2008 in addition to his salary ($174,000 plus perks) as a representative from Wisconsin’s 5th District. His Wisconsin pension is estimated to be around $30,000 in addition to his salary for serving in the U.S. House. Sensenbrenner’s estimated wealth is between 13.4-18.98 million dollars.


The Wisconsin Department of Employee Trust Funds has provided the following information regarding pensions and benefits paid to Wisconsin state workers.

For a state employee to receive retirement benefits they must first of all be vested, meaning (in the case of Wisconsin state employees) that they have worked as a permanent Wisconsin state employee for at least 8 years.

Previously only 5 years of service were required to be vested and so some elected officials who came in before the change that now requires 8 years of service, will be able to receive pensions with less service if that is applicable to their situation. Some are already collecting retirement benefits from the state of Wisconsin while also collecting salaries as members of the U.S. Congress

Another requirement of Wisconsin state government retirees is that she or he must be at least 55 years old. There are a few state workers who are allowed to collect benefits at age 50 and that is because of the category of work they have done, however, most employees must be at least 55.

The usual retirement age for elected employees is 62.

For more information:

Wisconsin State Journal

Calculating Your WI Benefits

Story about Tom Petri and 3 others double dipping

Three more WI Congressmen Double Dipping

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Au fait 3 months ago from North Texas Author

Paul Kuehn, thank you for reading/commenting, and sharing this article. While federal employees, especially the upper level ones, do far better than the average citizen, I really think state employees fleece taxpayers thee worst. Thank you for your validation.

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Paul Kuehn 3 months ago from Udorn City, Thailand

Thank you very much Au fait for sharing a very interesting and revealing hub. As a retired federal employee I am very aware of double dipping which many of my former colleagues are now doing. After they retire, they are hired by contractors which the government has and basically do the same kind of work they did before retirement. These retirees are not allowed to work full time for the contractors. The government justifies this double dipping by pointing out the retirees have experience which the government needs and can't get enough of from younger employees. I am sharing this hub with HP followers and on Facebook.

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Au fait 8 months ago from North Texas Author

Thank you Colorfulone, for commenting and for your good wishes. I hope this will be a great year for you too. Glad you found this article informative!

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colorfulone 8 months ago from Minnesota

This is informative. Oh, those double dippers! I had read some about this practice before, now I understand it well. Thank you, Au fait.

Best wishes in 2016...its an interesting one so far.

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Au fait 18 months ago from North Texas Author

Besarien, thank you for reading and commenting on this article. People really do need to know what their elected officials and administrators are doing with their money. I like your idea of tying salaries to how well the state is doing!

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Besarien 18 months ago

The pay of a governor, etc. should be linked to how well the state is doing. Making this kind of money when the state is hurting is sinful. This is an important topic of which more people need to be made aware. Voted up!

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Au fait 21 months ago from North Texas Author

Shyron, thank you for sharing this article! All is as good as is possible for now. Blessings and hugs right back to you.

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Au fait 21 months ago from North Texas Author

Case1Worker, thank you for reading and commenting on this article! Appreciate your candor. The cleaning people must of course contribute to these huge sums of money whether or not they can afford to.

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Au fait 21 months ago from North Texas Author

Pstraubie48, thank you for reading and sharing your thoughts on this important subject. It isn't only elected officials who are cleaning up with the double dipping. In some places, even school teachers are doing it. Not all school teachers are equal. Yes, everyone needs to look into what is happening at the state level in their state.

Thank you for the votes, tweet, G+ing, and the share.

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Au fait 21 months ago from North Texas Author

Peggy W, thank you for reading and sharing your thoughts on this important subject. Often rules for changing these things once they're in place are very complicated and take a long time to change. Of course the beneficiaries of these things are the people who put those rules in place . . .

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Shyron E Shenko 21 months ago

This needs to be shared again, and again, so I am here to do that.

I hope all is well with you.

Blessings and hugs.

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Gosh I was unaware of the huge sums- especially the double dipping- I wonder what benefits the office cleaner gets on retirement- I guess it is nothing like this

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pstraubie48 21 months ago from sunny Florida

It is so sad, I think is the best word I can think of, that folks who may or may not serve their state well can walk away with a huge package in the end.

It kills me when I look at Florida and see how top heavy the government offices are in Tallahassee and see how little they want to pay teachers. (Scott has just come up with a suggestion that all beginning teachers be paid fifty thousand to begin their career; I am not sure what his motive is in doing so. I am not a fan of his but that is another story.)

Thank you Aufait for being our Watchperson (did not want to call you a watch dog) ...everyone needs to know and be aware.

Voted up ++++ shared g+ tweeted

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Peggy W 21 months ago from Houston, Texas

With newly elected congressmen getting back to work, voters need to contact them to have these laws changed! Sharing this again and hoping things like this can be ended for good...but not holding my breath!

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Perspycacious 22 months ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

You might expect this from people who vote their own salaries, benefits, and limitations. I am glad that my congressman Jason Chaffetz uses email instead of USPS mail and fanking privileges. He will head the House Oversight Committee in the next session of Congress.

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Au fait 2 years ago from North Texas Author

DeborahDian, thank you for reading and commenting on this article! You are correct in that some states have more reasonable retirement programs for their employees and elected officials than others.

People need to focus a little more on their state retirement programs that tax payers are footing the bill for so that they know if their elected officials and public servants are being treated fairly, or if those civil servants are abusing tax payers, or somewhere in between.

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DeborahDian 2 years ago from Orange County, California

The retirement benefits for legislators in California, where I live, don't sound too bad. In other places, it seems outrageous. Thanks for this informative article!

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Au fait 2 years ago from North Texas Author

Peggy W, thank you for the tweet and the share! It would be nice if people actually knew about and understood the issues swirling around the elections, but sadly, for most it's a beauty contest.

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Peggy W 2 years ago from Houston, Texas

I am going to give this a tweet and another share. Perhaps people will give this some thought when they go to vote in the mid-term elections. We can hope, can't we!

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Au fait 2 years ago from North Texas Author

Lyns, thank you for coming by and for the vote!

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Au fait 2 years ago from North Texas Author

MG Singh, thank you for stopping in. Legislators taking advantage of their constituents is not a natural outcome of democracy and it need not be tolerated by them. Capitalism is a problem to be sure, but most people have no true understanding of it.

The problem is that many people are uninformed and apathetic and they like being that way and resent anyone trying to change their minds about being that way. They prefer to be taken advantage of over having to actually think and participate.

I have had people tell me directly that they do not want to have to think and since they are usually superior at not thinking, I have no problem with their not thinking, but I do believe people who don't want to have to think should not be allowed to vote either. I don't think people who are uninformed and too lazy to think should have a vote that affects my life.

It is the people here who are the government, and many of the people shirk their responsibility by first of all being uninformed. If people were informed and involved they would not allow legislators to take advantage of them. As it stands, most people aren't even aware that they are being duped.

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Au fait 2 years ago from North Texas Author

Thank you for stopping by Shyron. Hope your day is going well. Blessings.

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lyns 2 years ago from USA

Wow, learned a great deal and shocking but so true thanks for sharing this hub and information. Voted up +

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MG Singh 2 years ago from Singapore

This happens in a capitalist structure under democracy. One can't get away from it, unless there is a revolution. Nice hub

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Shyron E Shenko 2 years ago

Au fait, just in case you do mind I put my response in a separate comment box.

To: Jaye Wisdom the Greed Old P***** by hook and by crook got control of this state and they have made enough money to buy the State Supreme Court Justices and U.S. Supreme Court Justices.

Keep on Ranting, I am happy you are on the right "i.e. Correct" side of politics.

To: Writer Fox money wise you may have chosen the wrong profession. But morally you must have done the right thing and chose the right profession.

To: Peggy W. you are right it is not fair for the Greed Old P***** to pick on the meteorologists for disagreeing with them.

Thumb -up UAI and shared.

Blessings and thank you again for writing this


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Shyron E Shenko 2 years ago

Au fait, I came back to re-read this and then I read some more of our fellow hubber's comments. I hope you don't mind if I respond to a few.

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Au fait 2 years ago from North Texas Author

Thank you again Peggy W for your continuing interest in this article. Yes, double dipping is hurting state budgets. MA is trying to get their double dipping under control and as you say, the laws recently passed there will not take effect for many years, so politicians currently taking advantage of one or more retirement benefits while getting a full salary won't be affected.

Currently people are retiring in order to give themselves a sizable raise, not because they intend to retire. If they can't make it on 80-100,000 a year without having to work, maybe they need some budget planning advice and instruction on managing money . . .

Thanks again for coming back and for the votes, pin, share, etc.

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Au fait 2 years ago from North Texas Author

Peggy W, thank you for your excellent insights. Now you see why some people not only work so hard to win elections, but why they are willing to spend so much money, sometimes even oodles of their own personal money, to win an election. Power AND tons of money . . .

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Peggy W 2 years ago from Houston, Texas

Not fair to pick on the meteoroligists Au fait! Ha! I did like your comparison however. Since so many states run deficits, I would think that sooner or later some of these rules would be changed. Of course the politicians in power do not want to make any changes affecting their own feathered nests...and so it goes!

I can actually understand retiring from one job after 20 or 30 years and drawing a pension and then getting another job. Many of our military personnel do that. However, "retiring" for only a month or two and being rehired and then drawing ANOTHER pension in time for doing the exact same job is just plain wrong and should be stopped.

No wonder our politicians spend so much money to get elected to an office! You should link this to your other related hubs.

Up votes, sharing and pinning. Not sure what happened to my other comment?

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Au fait 2 years ago from North Texas Author

Shyron, thank you for reading and commenting on this article. We do need to let our elected officials know we don't appreciate their abuse of taxpayers. Blessings to you also . .

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Au fait 2 years ago from North Texas Author

Writer Fox, thank you for reading and commenting on this article. Agree that most politicians look out for themselves, not the rest of us.

I've always said the most lucrative careers are as a politician or a meteorologist. Both get to be wrong most or all of the time and still get paid handsomely with little or no fear of termination.

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Au fait 2 years ago from North Texas Author

JayeWisdom, thank you for reading this article and sharing your thoughts on this subject. You are welcome to 'rant' on my articles whenever you like. You always make sense when you do. Thank you too, for the votes.

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Au fait 2 years ago from North Texas Author

Billybuc, thank you for sharing your thoughts on this important subject. While some states are in the process of at least attempting to make changes in the double dipping and other issues relating to retirement of elected and appointed officials, those changes, if they ever come to fruition, will be many, many years from now so as not to affect the people currently in office.

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Peggy W 2 years ago from Houston, Texas

Most people who work in private industry or even the military cannot get retirement benefits without having to work more years than our elected congressmen on average. If they had to abide by the same rules as most of the rest of us, they might work harder for our interests. It is no wonder they fight so hard to get elected! What a deal they have! Not good! Pinning and sharing.

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Shyron E Shenko 2 years ago

Au fait, I am with word55 on this one. This is fantastic research and reporting, I was aware that this went on even at town levels, it is going on. And just like Bill (billybuc) it makes me angry, that I am powerless to do anything about this except to vote against the people who are doing wrong and that is what I will do.

Blessings to you my dear friend.

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Au fait 2 years ago from North Texas Author

Word55, thank you for your kind yet insightful comment. Someone defended these double dippers recently asking if I would prefer they work for Wal-Mart and the answer is yes. Even though taxpayers subsidize Wal-Mart's payroll with food stamps and medicaid among other things, it's still costing taxpayers less than double or triple digit retirement on top of a full salary, and some of these people are working full time after retiring from the very same jobs. Not acceptable. Take care . .

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Writer Fox 2 years ago from the wadi near the little river

Boy did I pick the wrong line of work! It's amazing that these are the retirement figures. With so many US retirees subsisting solely on low Social Security payments, it's really shocking that the people who are supposed to represent the citizens have done a much better job of feathering their own nests instead.

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Au fait 2 years ago from North Texas Author

Diogenes, good to see you again. Note you are your usual self for the most part. Yes, politicians seem to have certain things in common no matter where they are. Thank you for stopping by.

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JayeWisdom 2 years ago from Deep South, USA

Au fait - This is a well-researched hub, the findings of which make me want to throw up! (Not your fault.)

I live in a state that's been 'governed' by a string of worthless governors, lt. governors and, for the most part, senators and represenatives--only one of whom is 'worth is salt' and only one good governor since I returned here in 1996. I use the term 'governed' sarcastically, since these politicians' actions keep Mississippi the poorest in the union with the majority of its citizens suffering needlessly, especially since the current governor opposed enhancement of Mediaid benefits in response to the healthcare act.

The fact that these harmful politicians reap any rewards whatsoever after leaving office truly makes me nauseated. This state's previous governor was a former insurance industry lobbyist who claimed he divested his interests in that firm, but I feel certain he just covered it up, so he was raking in $$$ from numerous avenues while faking a strong southern accent and 'aw shucks, good ol' boy' behavior in public after many years in D.C.

As for Texas, I lived there when Ann Richards was elected governor. She had an unholy mess to clean up after Clements, and, of course, the good ol' boys' club took over the state again when Papa Bush and his wealthy cohorts bought the governorship for W, who went on to become an infamous president with an election that was actually stolen for him.

Sorry about the rant, but I couldn't rein myself in!

Excellent hub. Rated Up++


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billybuc 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

Many years ago I found this shocking. Today, not so much shocking as pissed. I am so fed up with politicians and their money-grabbing ways that I just see red when I think of them...and this article didn't help my vision at all. :) I'll be seeing red all day now.

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word55 2 years ago from Chicago

Thank you Au fait, for exposing these greedy people. They don't seem to leave "well enough alone." They shall reap what they sow. God sees all evil. Vengeance is His. Have a blessed day, dear heart.

diogenes 2 years ago

Hi: Another of your excellent articles. Same crap going on here.

Boasting of your honors is infra dig.


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    C E Clark (Au fait)595 Followers
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    C. E. Clark has been a student of how U.S. government works since the 8th grade, and a political junkie for more than 35 years.

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