The state's teacher's union and its members' pensions have been taking a good deal of the blame for pretty much every financial problem in the state.

The NJEA is fighting back, with a">press release and chart showing that while members have been contributing 5.5 percent of their salaries to the pension fund, the state has contributed almost nothing.

The chart goes back to 1996, when the stock market was booming and earnings on investments kept the pension fund growing at a healthy clip without the need for a state contribution.

But then the stock market tanked, followed by the economy, and now everyone's yelling for pension reform because the state can't afford the payments.