Rep. Larry Springer’s and Terry Gardiner’s guest column in The Seattle Times about the STaRT retirement plan says it all [“How to help small-business workers with a retirement plan,” Opinion, Feb. 26]. We need a supplementary retirement system along with Social Security to prevent poverty in retirement years. All 401(k) plans are a total…More
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Switching to 401(k)s would not save state money
To emulate Boeing in its employment practices is hardly a desirable goal [“Bill would phase out pensions for public employees in state,” Local News, Jan. 12]. Does the state really want to support employment practices that harm the middle class?
I was less than blown away by Rob McKenna giving a union advice [“Machinists: A yes vote is pro-union,” Opinion, Jan. 2].
Anyone who doesn’t need a pension, or out of jealousy needs one but knows that he or she won’t get one, feels pretty easy in giving away other people’s benefits. Maybe that is the reality of today, but that doesn’t make it the best course. Without pensions, people get into serious trouble after age or disability forces them out of the workforce. Some have family to rely on, others do not. And the GOP is hot to eliminate programs for the poor.