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Michael J. Fitzpatrick
Assembly District 8
Fitzpatrick: Budget Bill Ignores Pension Reform
March 12, 2012

Assemblyman Michael Fitzpatrick (R,C,I-Smithtown) condemned the absence of the Tier VI pension reform in today’s Assembly budget proposal. Tier VI would raise the retirement age from 62 to 65 and create a 401(k)-style defined-contribution plan for future participants in the state retirement system.

“The lack of even a reference to the Tier VI proposal is a travesty,” said Fitzpatrick. “The current pension system is in need of reform. A defined-contribution option not only has the potential to reduce future liabilities for taxpayers, but gives employees financial flexibility and portability denied to them by our current system.”

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