Our Massachusetts political machine has done such a phenomenal job with Pension Reform, that Marian McGovern, who is retiring at 58 years of age will retire with a mere $163,000/year pension. Thanks go to Governor Deval Patrick for signing our comprehensive pension reform legislation on November 18, 2011.
The Top 50 Cities and Towns in MA ( There are 296 towns and 13 Cities) have amassed $20B in Post Employment Benefits (OPEB) Liabilities.
In 2011 41% of all of our state’s total Combined Debt and Pension Liability was due to Unfunded Pensions!
Folks, we simply must thank and reward the Governor and his and Democrat Machine this November for the wonderful job they did with Pension Reform!!!
Former state police commander to collect tax-free disability pension
| Globe Staff July 26, 2012
Marian McGovern has a heart condition that was diagnosed in 2009.
McGovern, who retired after 33 years, earned $209,000 as superintendent, and her annual pension will be about $163,000 a year.
Normally, public pensions in Massachusetts are exempt from state income tax, but ordinarily subject to federal income tax. However, when the retiree also has a disability, the pension is also exempt from federal income taxes.
Based on calculations reviewed by several public pension specialists, McGovern may save about $25,000 a year in lower federal tax bills by receiving a disability pension, compared with a pension without disability, depending on her tax bracket.
McGovern’s disability pension was approved by a special three-member board, which reviews only State Police disability applications. All other disability applications across the state are handled by a panel of three independent doctors, but state law requires that State Police disabilities be reviewed by the state commissioner of public health, state surgeon, and State Police superintendent, or their designees.
In McGovern’s case, the State Police superintendent’s designee abstained from voting, Procopio said. The pension was approved by a 2 to 0 vote.
Procopio said McGovern’s condition will “require lifelong medication and management.”
He said he did not know whether diagnosis of McGovern’s heart condition limited or impacted in any way the performance of her duties after 2009. Asked whether State Police in general may continue to work with such a medical condition, he said decisions would be made on a case-by-case basis.
McGovern, a Worcester native, was appointed by Governor Deval Patrick. She was the first woman to achieve that rank. The new commander is Timothy P. Alben, a 30-year veteran.
McGovern’s disability retirement is not without precedent. In 2004, Thomas J. Foley retired at age 50 as State Police superintendent with a disability pension because of a heart condition.
Since then, Foley has run successfully for Governor’s Councilor and unsuccessfully for Worcester County sheriff. He also recently wrote a book about his 20 years of pursuit as a State Police investigator of James “Whitey” Bulger.
Foley said in an interview he would gladly trade his heart condition for a regular, less lucrative pension.
“I got a heart condition, and I got it working the job,” he said. “It limits me. But I live with it, and I am not apologizing for any of my activities.”
“I put myself into some dangerous positions in my career,” said Foley, now 58.
The State Retirement Board is expected to formally accept the pension for McGovern at its Thursday meeting.