After a hiatus of a few months, our old pal Justin Higgins is back and blogging up a storm. And if Justin is blogging, that means that the lies are flying thick and fast.
He’s decided to help carpet-bomb the debate over Ohio’s new anti-union law, known as SB5, with complete falsehoods. SB5 strips public employees (including police, firefighters, and teachers) of most collective bargaining rights. It’s basically a big fat “fuck you” to those who protect us and educate our children — so of course Justin is all in favor of it.
First, Justin regurgitates a lie from the poorly-named “Build a Better Ohio”, a pro-SB5 group:
[Ohio voters] believe it’s fair to ask government employees to pay a small portion of their retirement contribution, rather than forcing taxpayers to provide gold-plated pensions for free.
Justin and his fellow prevaricators would have you believe that public employees contribute nothing toward their own retirement pensions. Five minutes’ research on the website of the Ohio Public Employees Retirement System quickly reveals the rank dishonesty of this claim:
From their earnable salary, OPERS members currently contribute the following percentage according to their type of employment:Read the rest of this entry »
- 10% for local and state government employees
- 10% for public safety employees
- 10.10% for law enforcement employees