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A Different Kind of Pension Outrage

Everyone knows that Connecticut’s pension system has some serious unfunded liabilities.  But state employee pension rules need more than fiscal reform.

In a new outrage, a UConn music professor — who has been confronted by serious allegations of child abuse — has just retired with an annual pension of $68,640, courtesy of Connecticut taxpayers.

The state attorney general’s office commissioned an investigation that made a number of allegations against the professor so serious that UConn initiated termination proceedings.  The day after the report was released, the professor — who had been on administrative leave with pay since June 21, 2013 — announced his retirement.  Under state law, he’s entitled to his $68,640 pension (based on a salary of $135,741) unless he is convicted of a felony.

State police and UConn police launched investigations that were recently completed; no charges have been filed against the professor, notwithstanding numerous allegations of sexual misconduct (of which the university was apparently aware for some time, while doing nothing about them).  

So pony up, Connecticut taxpayers!  Your tax dollars are hard at work.

Carol Platt Liebau

Carol has worked as an attorney, author, political and policy advisor, and media commentator. In addition to practicing law, she has served as legislative assistant to Senator Christopher S. “Kit” Bond of Missouri; as a consultant to the U.S. Senate campaigns of John D. Ashcroft of Missouri (1994) and Congressman Tom Campbell of California (2000 and 2010); and as law clerk to Reagan appointee Judge David B. Sentelle of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit.

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