Many California lawmakers collect pension checks on top of salaries

Many California lawmakers collect pension checks on top of salaries

A number of California lawmakers collect pension checks on top of their monthly salaries, a fresh search of pension system records revealed.

According to a newspaper report, published on Sunday, at least 17 lawmakers in California are pocketing government pension checks in addition to their monthly salaries.

The report underlined that the list of those lawmakers includes Sen. John Moorlach, a Republican from Costa Mesa, who has been a vocal critic of the state’s increasing pension debt.

As a state senator, Moorlach pockets a government pension check of $83,827 on top of $100,113 in annual salary. His pension check is based on roughly twenty years of service that included his time as the county treasurer and term on the Orange County Board of Supervisors.

Marcia Fritz, Moorlach’s ally who is also the president of the California Foundation for Fiscal Responsibility, said, “That doesn’t look good. I hate to say this publicly about John, but it's double-dipping.”

Under current rules, it is not illegal to collect pension checks on top of their monthly salaries. Law experts say that elected officials are entitled to the benefits they earned in their previous government jobs. But, they also admit that the costly pension perk hurts the state’s pension system.

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