The Oregon House Committee on Business and Labor Thursday moved a draft bill forward that would prohibit the state retirement system from releasing the names of individual retirees. The committee bill has no formal sponsor, and was offered as a courtesy to a coalition of public employee unions.
The unions contend no public interest is served in releasing individual retiree names and benefits, while they say the information does inflame public opinion against their members. Newspapers contend the information is essential, both for general transparency of the taxpayer-funded system and to identify specific instances of pension spiking, double dipping and patronage.
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