Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Chicago's incompetent and likely corrupt politicians at it again

Hidden Pension Fiasco May Foment Another $1 Trillion Bailout

The Chicago Transit Authority retirement plan had a $1.5 billion hole in its stash of assets in 2007. At the height of a four-year bull market, it didn’t have enough cash on hand to pay its retirees through 2013, meaning it was underfunded to the tune of 62 percent.

The CTA, which manages the second-largest public transit system in the U.S., had to hope for a huge contribution from the Illinois state legislature. That wasn’t going to happen.

Then the authority found an answer.

“We’ve identified the problem and a solution,” said CTA Chairman Carole Brown on April 16, 2007. The agency decided to raise money from a bond sale.

A year later, it asked Illinois Auditor General William Holland to research its plan. The state hired an actuary, did a study and, on July 17, concluded that the sale of bonds would most likely result in a loss of taxpayers’ money.

Thirteen days after that, the CTA ignored the warning and issued $1.9 billion in bonds. Before the year ended, the pension fund was paying out more to bondholders than it was earning on its new influx of money. Instead of closing its funding gap, the CTA was falling further behind.

Please go to the link above and read the entire article. Chicago may be number one but the competition is fierce in the waste of public money contest.

1 comment:

lonek8 said...

just keep in mind you are talking about a company that has a misspelled sign (for the life of me I can't remember what it says right now)on EVERY ONE of its train cars. can't expect too much brilliance with that type of evidence