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February 22, 2013
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Letter: Beware of Senate Bill 369 cutting public information access

Senate Bill 369 cuts info access

I read in The News Review on Feb. 7 that Senate Bill 369 would cut off public access to information about pensions for retired public employees.

The reason stated was that two newspapers had disclosed that a former University of Oregon football coach earns $41,000 per month from his pension, or almost $500,000 per year, for life.

No wonder some of our elected officials would want to keep this information secret. Imagine how upsetting it could be to those who actually have to pay for it; you know, all of us taxpayers.

When we constantly hear about schools, police, prisons and jails having no money, why does no one mention the real reason that is true?

We are certainly paying enough in taxes. However, the amount being paid out to retired public employees is eating up most of the money.

Mike Bellotii is just one example of obscene public employee pension amounts. There is absolutely no credible reason why this information should be kept secret.

The PERS system is broken; hiding its outrageous payouts will do nothing to fix the issue. The only thing Senate Bill 369 may do is allow for continued waste of our tax dollars.

Please let your state representatives know you want to keep this information available to the public. After all, we are the ones footing the bill.

Sharon Ring


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