Reading Friday’s news, I couldn’t help think of the union official who, sitting on a Capitol Weekly panel with me after the last General Election, said in response to my bringing up concerns on the pension issue: “That’s yesterday’s news.” Actually it is today’s news over and over and over again. In fact, there were three separate issues of pension alarms reported Friday.

The argument of pension obligations squeezing budgets because of diminishing revenue for city services is real. The urge to raise taxes to cover those obligations is also real and elected officials like Tait are acknowledging the problem.

Pensions won’t become yesterday’s news until solid reforms are in place and taxpayers are not subject to reduced services or higher taxes because of pension obligations.