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End pension padding via OT

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Ballooning overtime in the public sector remains a concern in New York state, as side-by-side stories in Wednesday’s Gazette illustrated. One dealt with the biggest increase in overtime spending by the state in five years; the other addressed skyrocketing pension payments (which in many cases are overtime-related, though not in the case of teachers, who were the subject of the story). Like most employers, the state has reduced its workforce since the recession began in ...

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May 3, 2013
7:54 p.m.

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The article said, "Teachers generally don’t even earn overtime, but school districts’ payments to their pension system will rise to an equivalent of 16 percent of teachers’ salaries this year."

Teachers in fact do not earn overtime. Not sure what the word "generally" means. Teachers cannot earn more than 10% of their base salary (by doing extracurriculars such as the chess club, art club) for final average salary (FAS) purposes. Since at least 1983 teachers by law have not been able to "pension pad" as you put it.

As far as the pension contributions going up by 16% it is no secret that state workers are a percentage point or two behind that number and other public sector workers are over that number by 50% to around 22-23%.

My Dad told me taxes in North Carolina in a town where he was staying was $900 a year. I looked up school district and besides it having awful statewide ranking in almost all categories the median salary of a teacher was $49,000 and the average pay for an administrator was $83,000. Average spent on a student was $10,000. I have no idea where all the school taxes go in NYS but those numbers appear to be somewhat in the ballpark with what teachers and administrators make in Capital Region. I am unsure if building projects for20-30 million here or there is school tax money too. I do not know.