Jubelirer gets $90,934 pension

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HARRISBURG -- Former state Sen. Robert C. Jubelirer lost his seat in the November election, but he'll still collect a yearly pension of nearly double the state's median household income.

Mr. Jubelirer, an Altoona Republican who served 32 years, will collect $90,934 a year, plus a lump-sum payment of $191,804, the State Employees' Retirement System said yesterday. As Senate president pro tem, his salary was $108,722.

Pension amounts were provided in response to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's request for them under the state's Right-to-Know Law.

The newspaper also requested pension information for former state Rep. Mike Veon, D-Beaver Falls, who served as minority whip last session.

That information is not yet available because Mr. Veon's benefits application was still being processed, said Robert R. Gentzel, the agency's director of communications and policy.

Using a formula based on years of service, class of service and salary, the newspaper estimates Mr. Veon's pension at $58,700 to $62,500.

Mr. Veon and Mr. Jubelirer now work as lobbyists.

The Associated Press, which separately requested pension information for other lawmakers, reported pension payouts for three other former representatives last evening.

Mark S. McNaughton, R-Dauphin, who served 10 years, will receive $12,000 annually and a lump sum of $49,000, it reported. Peter J. Zug, R-Lebanon, who served 14 years, will receive $31,200 annually and a lump sum of $90,400. Matthew W. Good, R-Erie, who served four years, will receive $4,200 annually and a lump sum of $32,600.

Lump-sum payments are drawn from the amounts withheld from lawmakers' paychecks, plus 4 percent interest. Selecting the lump-sum payment option lowers annual pension payouts.

Fifty-four lawmakers left the Legislature last year through retirement or defeat. Eleven of them are vested in the system but not yet receiving benefits, have not applied for pension benefits or are working elsewhere in state government.

The average yearly pension for the 40 that have been disclosed is $42,000, compared with about $20,000 for the average state government employee who retired at normal retirement age, usually 60.

Most former state lawmakers also qualify for post-retirement health benefits that cover dental work, vision care and prescription drugs.

Correction/Clarification: (Published Mar. 24, 2007) Former state Senate President Pro Tem Robert Jubelirer's salary last year was $108,722. The salary was given incorrectly in this story as originally published Mar. 23, 2007.

Tracie Mauriello can be reached at tmauriello@post-gazette.com or 1-717-787-2141.


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