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Getting Caught Was Officials’ Fear

May 23, 2013

After a public outcry when the news media reported some members of the School Employees Retirement System of Ohio were planning to attend a conference in Hawaii — on the public’s dime — those......

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uglyassmf

May-25-13 2:50 AM

OMG..you got to be kidding me. These people are the first ones to complain about people not supporting the children and levies.

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HankKim

May-25-13 2:38 PM

As Executive Director and Counsel for NCPERS, I find this piece offensive in the extreme and nothing short of stunning in its failure to recognize simple, verifiable, oft-repeated facts. The cost of attending NCPERS’ 2013 Annual Meeting in Honolulu was at least 30 percent less than the cost of attending last year’s meeting in New York – because the cost of food and lodging in Honolulu is significantly lower than in most conference destinations on the mainland, while airfares are competitively priced. Properly informed taxpayers would have been pleased to know that this meeting was a bargain. You are condemning us for doing exactly what you say we should be doing - saving money. It's this kind of article that creates "headline risk" - in which pension officials take an unfair beating while you leave their constituents with the wholly false impression that they were wasting money. Your headline should have read something like "Pension Chiefs Economize with Hawaii Meeting.

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