Abbott’s appointment of anti-law enforcement pension lobbyist to state Pension Board is an affront to law enforcement

AUSTIN – Texas’ largest law enforcement labor organization is calling on Gov. Greg Abbott to rescind the appointment of one of the state’s harshest critics of public pensions to the State Pension Review Board.

Charley Wilkison, Executive Director of the Combined Law Enforcement Associations of Texas, said the Abbott’s appointee Josh McGee is a paid advocate for an organization that seeks to abolish the pensions of Texas peace officers and drastically cut back other hard-earned employment benefits.

“Gov. Abbott was happy to accept CLEAT’s endorsement when he was running for office and promised to work with us," Wilkison said. “But this appointment is a serious threat to the livelihoods of the police officers who sacrifice so much for the people of Texas. We are deeply disappointed that the governor did not reach out to law enforcement groups before making this ill-advised appointment.”

As a paid lobbyist for the Houston-based Laura and John Arnold Foundation, Josh McGee is the chief architect in the effort to dismantle law enforcement officers’ earned pension benefits in Texas and other states.

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