When it comes to New York State’s public sector unions, everybody lies: the governor, the unions, the legislature, the media. They lie because it works. It works because residents of New York cannot accept government is not only at economic war with you, but you are held in contempt because you vote party line no matter what. Governor Cuomo successfully pushed for a new "" pension plan that just passed and requires higher retirement age and larger health and pension contributions, but applies only to new hires, not current union members. The lie is his claiming this will save the state $113 billion over 30 years. Like all budgets, this year's budget only affects this year's money. Nothing in the future is carved in stone and can change at the whim of future governors and legislatures. This is what happened to Tiers II though V.
As every election season arrives, the legislature and governors pad tiers to get union support and then stick you with the tab. This will repeat with "Tier VI" in the future if history is any guide: There will be no actual savings.
Another lie is perpetrated by public unions’ leadership in their advertising. They claim current hires are affected. Not true! Only future hires and even that is not a certainty. Those ads are not only lying to you but, adding insult to injury, it’s your money paying for them.
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