February 27, 2013 at 7:00 AM
Lawmakers’ pensions criticized
State figures are also a concern
Before The Times publishes articles critical of Norm Dicks’ pension as a retiring U.S. congressman, it should look right here in our own state of Washington [“Congress retirees’ pensions too high?” page one, Feb. 22]. I think you will find many public employees in this state who receive similar or greater benefits who are far-less-deserving.
An example might be a state legislator who has a long career, retires (or is voted out of office), then gets appointed to some cushy state job at a much higher salary, then receives retirement benefits based on those last two years salary. At least the congressman was a full-time legislator who represented his constituency 100 percent.
–Jim Jones, Marysville
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