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The Failure of Governance in Bell, California
Pensions. Policies, New Reforms and Current Challenges
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The Failure of Governance in Bell, California

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“How could this have happened?” The question still lingers among officials and residents of the small southern California town of Bell. Corruption is hardly an isolated challenge to the governance of America’s cities. But following decades of benign obscurity, Bell witnessed the emergence of a truly astonishing level of public wrongdoing – a level succinctly described by Los Angeles District Attorney Steve Cooley as “corruption on steroids.”

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Pensions: Policies, New Reforms and Challenges

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The ongoing global financial crisis, coupled with the continued dramatic increases in life expectancy, have escalated the concerns countries have regarding the sustainability of their pension systems and how these retirement schemes will be financed.

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Rethinking Public Sector Compensation

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Designed as a comprehensive overview of public sector compensation, the book addresses strategies for change, with the author warning that failure of the profession to address this issue will ultimately lead to citizens taking matters in their own hands. The author's issues-oriented approach addresses his core message-that the escalation of public sector compensation is impacting the ability of government to meet its core responsibility and the failure of government to address this has serious consequences. Not just a critique, the book presents context, analysis, and suggestions for reform.

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The Republican Party’s Strategy to Ignore Poverty

Arizona, where I was born, in July became the first state to cut poor families’ access to welfare assistance to a maximum of 12 months over a lifetime. That’s a fifth of the time allowed under federal law, and means that 5,000 more people will lose their benefits by next June.
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Thom Reilly and Betsy Fretwell on Face to Face with Jon Ralston

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Committee meets to discuss shared services proposal

Committee meets to discuss shared services proposal in Las Vegas, interview with Thom Reilly

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Huge government pension gap sparks backlash

NEW YORK (CNNMoney) - Pensions and other retirement benefits have become a multi-trillion-dollar black hole for state and local government budgets, sparking fierce battles between elected officials and voters on one side and public sector unions on the other...
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JOURNAL ARTICLES

Reilly, T. (2013). Comparing Public-Versus-Private Sector Pay and Benefits: Examining Lifetime Compensation. Public Personnel Management., 42(4), 521-544.

Reilly, T., and Reed, M. (2011). Budget Shortfalls, Employee Compensation and Collective Bargaining in Local Governments. State and Local Government Review. 43 (3), 215- 223.

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Government’s Continuing Budget-Buster: Paid Sick Leave

While paid sick leave is critical to economic security and health for employees and their families, its impact is even more far-reaching -- even contagious...
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Viewpoints: How to solve Arizona's pension crisis

Pension reform is complicated, particularly with Arizona's constraints. Here's how we can get around them...
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TANF cuts: Is Arizona shortsighted in its dwindling support for poor families?

Arizona’s recently adopted budget for fiscal year 2015-16 includes dramatic reductions in assistance to low-income families with children.
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A Better Way to Set Public Pay

Too few local governments are taking advantage of a valuable tool: benchmarking compensation among their public- and private-sector peers...
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Why We Need to Re-Think Public Employees’ Compensation

Traditional public pensions widen the public-private pay gap, and they aren't a good fit for a younger government workforce...
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Giving shelter: Promising news on homeless front

Let’s talk about homelessness. But wait — this time, remarkably enough, the news is promising...
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First step to fix pension woes: Proper accounting

Officials from Nevada’s Public Employees Retirement System recently announced that the system saw a 12.4 percent increase in value in the fiscal year that ended June 30, beating its 8 percent goal...
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Nevada's public employee compensation needs reform now

Nevada's pension system is one of the most generous public employee retirement plans in the nation...
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More transparency needed for city’s pension reform

It is of little surprise that the Comprehensive Pension Reform (CPR) initiative (which replaces guaranteed pensions for most city workers with a 401(k)-style plan, freezes base pay for city workers and removes special pay from counting toward pension calculations) is appearing on the June ballot in San Diego and garnering a good deal of citizen support...
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Nevada Taxpayers Association

My years in both state and local government have made me a passionate non-partisan. I stand before you today believing very strongly that the policies and financial issues surrounding public pay and benefits are bipartisan issues and the failure to make needed reforms will have a profound impact on the ability of state and local government to function effectively...
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