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Pension spiking: Turning sick days into retirement pay [Ted Rall]

February 15, 2012 | 11:19 am

Cartoonist Ted Rall looks at the issue of pension spiking

"Some California officials are allowed to bank massive numbers of sick days -- including one who retired with 35 years' worth."

Cartoonist Ted Rall is referring to John Sandbrook, a retired University of California administrator, who, as Paul Pringle and Rong-Gong Lin II reported, "used the sick leave allotment for most of his university career to boost his annual pension by $655 a month for life, to nearly $183,000."

Some will argue that our tax money shouldn't go toward boosting an already generous pension. Rall puts out an additional issue up for debate: What's the most honest way of fulfilling one's public trust?

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Cartoon: Ted Rall / For The Times

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