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Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014 12:01 am

Editor's Note 2/27/14

We don’t agree with the Illinois Policy Institute on much, but when it comes to municipal pensions, the institute is a messenger who shouldn’t be shot. Springfield has the worst pension mess of any large city in the state, according to a report issued by the institute this week. It’s both simple math and familiar reading: Even with the city’s entire share of property taxes going toward pensions, Springfield can’t meet its obligations, and chickens are beginning to roost. We’ve raised taxes to fix roads and sidewalks because we’re otherwise out of money. The city’s workforce is shrinking because we can’t afford both employees and retired employees, and under the present system retirees come first. Instead of wringing hands and punting to the courts, elected leaders need to make some fundamental fixes, no matter what the unions say. –Fletcher Farrar, editor and publisher

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