Save Our Cities: Reforming Public Pensions to Protect Public Services

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Across the country, the high cost of expansive and underfunded public employee pensions is “crowding out” spending on essential government services. With the City of Detroit’s recent bankruptcy declaration, this crisis has reached a critical point. What comes next? What should be done? To answer these questions and others, the Manhattan Institute and media sponsor RealClearPolitics are convening a national conference. Speakers will offer clear-eyed analyses of the problem and provide concrete prescriptions for reform of public employee pension systems across America. Please join us online for this important discussion about the fiscal future of our cities and states.

PART 1

PART 2

    FEATURING:
The Honorable
John M. Engler

President, Business Roundtable;
Former Governor,
State of Michigan
The Honorable
Chuck Reed

Mayor, City of San Jose
The Honorable
Richard B. Riordan

(via live video feed)
Former Mayor,
City of Los Angeles
 AGENDA:
9:30 AM REGISTRATION
9:55 AM WELCOMING REMARKS
Michael Allegretti, Vice President of Programs, Manhattan Institute
10:00 AM CONVERSATION – HOW BAD IS IT? THE WAYS THE PUBLIC PENSION STATUS QUO THREATENS OUR QUALITY OF LIFE
Joshua Rauh, Professor of Finance, Stanford Graduate School of Business,
Steve Eide, Senior Fellow, Manhattan Institute; Managing Editor, PublicSectorInc.org
Marcus Winters, Senior Fellow, Manhattan Institute; Professor, University of Colorado
E.J. McMahon, President, Empire Center for Public Policy, Inc.
Moderator: Howard Husock, Vice President for Policy Research, Manhattan Institute
11:00 AM KEYNOTE – LESSONS LEARNED FROM THE GREAT LAKES: HOW MICHIGAN SAVED PUBLIC SERVICES
The Honorable John M. Engler, President, Business Roundtable; Former Governor, State of Michigan
11:30 AM CONVERSATION – HOW TO FIX IT: BANKRUPTCY, BAILOUT OR REFORM?
The Honorable Richard B. Riordan (via live video feed), Former Mayor, City of Los Angeles
Eileen Norcross, Senior Research Fellow, Mercatus Center, George Mason University
Daniel DiSalvo, Senior Fellow, Manhattan Institute;
Assistant Professor, Political Science, The City College of New York
Steve Malanga, Senior Editor, City Journal
Moderator: Michael Allegretti, Vice President of Programs, Manhattan Institute
12:30 PM RECEPTION & LUNCH
1:30 PM KEYNOTE – TURNING THE TABLE IN CALIFORNIA: HOW SAN JOSE IS FIGHTING FOR REAL PENSION REFORM
The Honorable Chuck Reed, Mayor, City of San Jose
Introduction: Carl Cannon, Washington Editor, RealClearPolitics
Comments (7) Add yours ↓
  1. Justin Case

    CA CHING, CA CHING, CA CHING! YEAH, IT MUST BE THAT TIME OF YEAR AGAIN! My Union Boss down at the Town Hall emailed me yesterday and.
    Told me that this article was hitting the Papers today, and He told Me.
    to make it Look like I was Working till this Blows Over in a week. I
    know the routine! In a week, I’ll be back to my usual activity of.
    Collecting A Paycheck for Doing Nothing! Hey, Private Sector.
    Workers; You really gotta Pony Up more Taxes! I need at least a 10 %.
    raise! My Cabin Cruiser at the Dock behind my Vacation House in.
    Florida needs a New Engine. My wife has been after me for a new car.
    She wants a BMW X6 G-Power Typhoon S! I told her I can’t afford that.
    car. So then she says she will accept a Mercedes-Benz CL-Class and.
    Nothing else! I also got Private School Tuition of $ 40,000.00 due.
    in September. I got Credit Card Expenses coming out my AXX! That
    new 3000 sq ft extension on my house raised my property taxes $ 15,000.
    The maid and the housekeeper want raises. The gardener also wants a.
    raise. You see Bunky; It ain’t easy in the Public Sector! So come
    on Private Sector Worker; Pony Up and Pay More Taxes so I can afford to.
    live here! You See; Life Is Not Fair, and the DemoRats will take.
    care of Everything! HAPPY DAYS ARE HERE AGAIN!

    October 19, 2013 Reply
  2. John Ryan

    What role could infrastructure sales or privatizations play in addressing the funding gap issue? Could such transactions be linked to future reform in a ‘carrot and stick’ trade-off? Also, could infrastructure financing transactions be a useful focal point for federal support?

    October 24, 2013 Reply

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