Thursday, December 5, 2013
Letter to the editor
Would Dan Demeritt (commentary, "If LePage channels his passion appropriately, GOP in good shape," Sept. 2) still sing the praises of the governor's accomplishments, including "billions saved in public pension obligations," if his Social Security benefits were cut?
In 2010, I retired after teaching in Maine for 35 years. I contributed money from my paycheck all that time to the State Retirement System -- not Social Security.
Now my promised benefits have been cut. If I did qualify for Social Security (some teachers worked in previous jobs and earned enough points), my benefits from Social Security also would be cut with the offset.
Cutting pension obligations to retired teachers is not something that Demeritt or the governor should boast about or be proud of.
Moreover, tax cuts to wealthy retirees on the coast of Maine do not create jobs for Maine workers.