David W. Marsden

Another idea on pensions for legislators who jump to big state jobs

That old Virginia tradition of aging legislators leaving office early to pick up big-salary state jobs (with big pension benefits) seems to be making at least some in the General Assembly a bit uncomfortable. In addition to bills by state Sen. Dave Marsden, D-Fairfax, and Del. David Toscano, D-Charlottesville, that aim to rein in pension payments in such cases, Del. Peter Farrell, R-Henrico, is suggesting Virginia's part time legislature get credit for just six months of service for every year they are in office. That means it would take longer to qualify for a pension and that the part of the pension formula that recognizes time in state government would tend to hold down pension...