Joe McMenamin has been a guest on my show many times. Since I began doing talk radio in 2011 he has appeared on my shows or been the topic of conversations on my shows dozens of times. When the Ray Lytle Show began on WTAX earlier this year he was one of the first guests. Joe has always been good for a comment, a laugh, and mostly a quotable reaction to something going on in city government.
Lately however Joe McMenamin is not just reacting to news made by others. He is instead creating it.
His unending push for more transparency and attention to the Police and Fire pensions for the city of Springfield has always made for a few comments like “there goes Joe talking about the pensions again”. But this time around it is starting to look like he was on to something. In the last month we have found out about the pension board knowingly overpaying and promising to over pay retirees. The IDA in 2012 has ruled that the formula the pension board has used since 1999 is wrong and told them to stop using it. The IDA has also implied that the Pension board should have known the formula was wrong because the rules are clear. I don’t know if the board willingly used the wrong formula from 1999 but I do know that the board from 2012 until just recently still used the incorrect formula to determine pension pay out. The reason I know this is Joe McMenamin has reminded us all on an almost weekly basis.
Here is my interview with Joe from yesterdays (thursday 10-10-13) show.