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March 11, 2013 at 3:30 PM

Public pensions should be replaced with contribution plan

Defined-benefit retirement plans are sustainable The Seattle Times editorial “Replace public pensions with contribution plan” [Opinion, Feb. 28] is wrong. Defined-benefit retirement plans are sustainable. In fact, a well-designed and properly managed defined-benefit plan is a very effective, cost-efficient benefit with less cost to the taxpayer. In Washington, employees pay 50 percent of the cost,…

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March 6, 2013 at 7:00 AM

Contribution plans to replace public-employee pensions

Plan would aid economy, threaten power structure Your proposal to shift public-employee pensions out of defined benefit plans and into private 401(k)-like plans makes too much economic sense to ever be adopted [“Replace public pensions with contribution plan,” Opinion, Feb. 28]. As things now stand, the private economy through tax revenue must ultimately support government pensions…

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