The recent series on abuse of pension benefits by government retirees is important (TNT, 4-7), and it deserves a full-blown investigation by the state auditor. I write, however, to expand on a concern expressed by a letter writer (TNT, 4-10).
The boxes describing the series in The News Tribune stated that it was about “the benefits state workers receive.” A person who read the articles knows that this is not true. It leads to an impression that the problem is with the benefits of state workers. In fact, all of those cited in the stories were never state workers.
Instead of printing a correction that no one will read, I challenge the TNT to write a story about the benefits that actual state workers receive. For context, it could be compared to workers in other large entities – perhaps Boeing and King County – alongside a salary study of similar positions.
State workers have seen their pay erode for years with pay cuts, pension contribution increases and other benefit changes. Please tell that story, too.