by Brian Washington
When we talk about politicians trying to undermine the retirement security of loyal public service workers like educators, nurses, fire fighters, and police officers, you often don’t get the real stories of the people impacted by these misguided decisions.
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However, the National Public Pension Coalition is trying to change that with a new campaign called “Behind the Cuts.” It’s designed to draw attention to the stories of some of the hundreds of thousands of public service workers who face devastating consequences when the politicians, who are supposed to represent their interests, pass laws that ultimately gut their retirement savings.
The campaign was kicked off earlier this month and featured one story from a Louisiana educator, Kevin Crovetto, who’s family could have faced financial ruin due to Governor Bobby Jindal’s pension slashing initiatives a couple of years ago.
Losing our pensions would force my wife and I to decide between paying our mortgage, saving for retirement, or funding our daughters’ college account. My wife and I have supported our community through thick and thin, always playing by the rules and working our hardest. Now it is up to our elected officials to hold up their end of the bargain – a modest pension so we can retire with the dignity and respect we deserve.
Each week, the NPPC plans to release the real story of dedicated public servants who is or could be impacted by political attacks on their retirement security.