A) The monies that go into the pensions are not taxpayer money. The money belongs to the pension. Otherwise, it would be like saying that the check I just sent to national Grid is still my money and they should do with it what I want. The taxpayers pay the workers for services rendered. The payment (Both paycheck and benefits) are the taxpayers way of compensating the workers and fulfilling their end of the commitment. -->-->B) You cannot amend an existing Union contract, only make changes when renegotiating. Furthermore, what about the state employees who don�t work off of contracts? And finally, when no qualified people are willing to work for the state, because they are a poor employer, how do you attract the best and brightest then?-->-->�