Public pension haters paint a picture of overpaid public employees, always taking, never giving. They’d have credibility if they demonstrated basic knowledge about who gets pensions and how they spend them.
- The average public employee pension is about $3,000 a month.
- Public employees contribute to the retirement fund from their own paychecks to help fund benefits. Teachers, police, and firefighters often don’t get Social Security.
- They spend their pensions on rent, mortgages, food, gas, clothing and an occasional family vacation, after spending careers teaching students, saving lives and protecting property. True to character, many of them volunteer during retirement.