Wednesday, February 27, 2013

For ex-lawmakers, retirement pays

It pays to be a legislative leader --- even when you're gone.

Or out of prison.

Former leaders head the list of those receiving pensions under North Carolina's Legislative Retirement System.

At the top of the list: former Democratic House Speaker Jim Black of Matthews, who served time in prison for corruption. He gets $3,607 a month, according to the state Treasurer's office.

His predecessor, Republican Harold Brubaker of Asheboro, gets $3,444 a month to supplement his income as a lobbyist representing more than a dozen clients including Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina and GlaxoSmithKline.

Among 260 former lawmakers getting pensions, former Democratic speakers Joe Hackney and Joe Mavretic are also in the Top 10. So is former Senate Democratic leader Marc Basnight.

At least three North Carolina congressmen, all Republicans, are getting legislative pensions. U.S. Reps. Virginia Foxx ($686/month); Robert Pittenger ($324) and Walter Jones Jr. ($276.)

Not all pensions are as generous. Former Gov. Jim Holshouser and Irwin Belk of Charlotte, an heir to the department store fortune, served in the General Assembly. Each gets $100 a month.

Here are the top 20 recipients of legislative pensions:

JAMES B BLACK $3,607.30


JOE HACKNEY $2,828.02



MARIE W COLTON $2,281.60


STEPHEN W WOOD $2,047.10



JOHN J HUNT $1,924.89



JOHN R GAMBLE JR $1,615.75



DAN R SIMPSON $1,483.64


AARON W PLYLER $1,474.00

UPDATE: Pittenger donates his monthly state pension to a Charlotte charity, an aide said Wednesday.


Unknown said...

In most states, if you commit a crimes related to public office you lose any pension. Of course this doesn't apply to Black.....why not???

BolynMcClung said...


Maybe the purpose is to keep them from returning to Raleigh. Not a bad idea in some cases.

Bolyn McClung

Anonymous said...

Dont forget others like democrat pretend republican ex-sheriff JP and his 118,000 for life entitlement BS.
Ex-presidents get 200,000 for life plus all perks and protection.
Ex-generals get 150,000 for life. Military is good but why should some non-commissioned officer who spends 20 yrs get a free check the rest of his life at age 38 after 20 yrs too not to mention all the commissioned officers?

Everybody getting a free check for doing nothing.

Mitt Romney was going to be a no pay president free of charge and said he would never take any entitlement plus fix the mess Shrub and mostly Opoopa has made with 17 trillion debt.

Cut out all the free poop unless the individual is proven disabled and not the fake kind plus of retirement age ...

The word is 10s of 1000s of those who maxed out unemployment benefits simply fake a disability and get it with no prob ...

Anonymous said...

Jim Black was a good & loyal Democrat. He deserves every cent if the people are stupid enough to pay it. He gets nowhere near what Mary Easley gets.

Anonymous said...

Obama biggest donors get all the big jobs with the most un-transparent WH ever who so far stole 6 trillion in a little over 4 years off taxpayers in red ink in fake reparation BS while poised to steal 6 trillion more refusing to slice 1.5 cents off his massive reparations budget.

Anonymous said...

Will the WH tyrant send a drone to off Woodward? Even lib media better take note to toe the line or else since US citizens have no habeas corpus.

Anonymous said...

Is why the media was 99% for Obama in the last selection process?

Anonymous said...


Anonymous said...

Obama has taught him how to lie real good.

Time for the City Of Ballantyne ...
and Lake Wylie, Lake Norman and University.

Barack Foxx has amnesia but since he sarcastically says Southpark needs to get ready to be more crowded throw in the future City of Southpark too?

Anonymous said...

First homosexual president tyrant radical socialist Marxist redistributionist Opoopa tries to dictate the Supreme Court to force all 50 states against their will to allow fag marriage using the CA case.

Cry Wolf liar with no credibility left who releases known illegal alien criminals into society to injure and criminalize American citizens needs to be impeached with Biden asap ...

Anonymous said...

Five year olds to learn sex education in Chicago schools. Go fig

Anonymous said...

Get out the meat cleaver and slice the fat. GOP butcher shoppe just getting started.

Chicken Little Obama activates "smart" cuts. Many more cuts coming. This is the tip of the iceberg. Obama Claus ending. Cut all illegal alien freebies and send the Mex govt a bill for trillions for the past 30 yrs and espec the past 4 yrs.

Entitlements ending for all slackards espec SS fake disability scumbags and welfare food stamps.

Time to cut Obama's salary of 400,000 to 50,000 or less. If he is paid what he is worth he would be making ZERO even though Romney would do the job free of charge.
No retirement pay for any ex-presidents or military or congress. No retirement until legal age.

Time to cut all bloated health care expenses 50% across the board.

You don't have to raise medicare retirement or SS age if you simply cut massive colossus health care bloatation by 50% to solve the problem and keep the same services with less fat.

Anonymous said...

Nutbag "dumb" Obama liberal Ellison idiot makes Sean Hannity look like a genius.

Anonymous said...

Minnesota US Rep Keith Ellison aka Hakim Muhammed proves why he has been labeled a typical crazed muslim like his Muslim Brotherhood chief in the WH who allowed 4 Americans includ the US Ambassador and 2 ex-Navy Seals to be murdered in Benghazi Libya and still has done nothing about it and shrugs it off like Fort Hood he called "job hazard". Go fig.

Anonymous said...

Michelle "Kardashian" Obama says talk to the hand.

Anonymous said...

Tyrant wantabe Obama lied about sequestration cuts he authorized and signed.

Anonymous said...

Michelle Kardashian lib dance

Explaination of the vitriol hate spewing left media whore dance