I SPY RADIO Interview With Daniel Re About PERS

PERS Worse than Fuzzy Math: It’s Fictional

I Spy can now be heard on two different stations at different times!

Listen on Saturday: 11:00 to noon (Pacific time) on KYKN (1430-AM) or, if you’re outside of the Salem, OR, listening area, go to www.kykn.com and hit the “listen live” button.  Or on Sunday, 7:00 8:00 p.m. (Pacific time) tune to KAJO (1270-AM) or if you’re outside of the Grants Pass, OR, listening area, go to www.kajo.com and hit the listen live button at the top of the page.

 Our Guest: Daniel Re, Attorney and Jonathan Williams, Director of Tax and Fiscal Policy for ALEC

 This week: If you’ve listened to the I Spy Radio Show, you probably already know that our host, Mark Anderson, has an MBA—that’s a masters in business administration—and that he’s also in the process of picking up his Doctorate in Business Administration.  However, when it comes to PERS (Public Employee Retirement System), you don’t need a doctor’s degree to recognize when things seem a little fuzzy.

For example: unless you work for Congress, you intuitively know that completely fictional numbers with no basis in reality, when they’re used in accounting, are bad.  But what most people don’t know is that this practice routinely occurs in government and that fictional numbers are what currently passes as “funding” for PERS. And not just here in Oregon but in states budgets across the United States.

Tune in to the I Spy Radio Show to hear just how bad off PERS really is — our guest Daniel Re will walk us through a chronology, step by awful step, of how it got this way.  Then Jonathan Williams of ALEC tells us about the national situation and just how bad the situation really is but he also gives us solutions.  Solutions that, if used, could bring a little reality to state budgets and put them on the track to recovery.

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 Saturday’s, 11:00 a.m. to noon, (Pacific time).  Listen live on KYKN(1430-AM), or, if you’re outside of the Salem listening area, just go to www.kykn.com and hit the listen live button. 

 Or Sunday’s, 7:00 8:00 p.m. (Pacific time). Listen live on KAJO (1270-AM) or, if you’re outside of the Grants Pass, OR listening area, go to www.kajo.com and hit the listen live button at the top of the page.

Busy on Saturday or Sunday?  Not a problem.  Monday, after the show airs, you can go to our webpage www.ispyradio.com and download it from our “past shows” page.

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About Dan Re

I am an attorney who has lived in Bend and practiced law since 1981. In educating myself about the Oregon Public Employees Retirement System (PERS), I was shocked at how the PERS laws were changed by the legislature, once legislators were allowed to join PERS in 1971, 26 years after PERS was first created. Those changes personally benefitted the legislators who made them at the direct financial expense of the people they were elected to represent. That is wrong and I intend to change it. In 2009, I started a non-profit 501(c)(4) corporation, In RE The People, Inc., for the purpose of informing concerned citizens of what happened regarding PERS and other issues of social and civic importance. I then created this blog to further that objective.
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