The State Worker

Chronicling civil-service life for California state workers

November 25, 2008
Is Measure J the Prop 13 of pension reform?

A column in this month's Governing draws a parallel between Orange County's Measure J, which puts future county public pension benefit increases to a public vote, with Proposition 13, the tax reform measure that changed California's state government finances forever.

If you've followed this blog or its companion column for more than a couple of weeks, you know that we've written extensively about Measure J.

Governing, based in Washington, D.C., targets state and local government officials.

Columnist Girard Miller , who wrote the Measure J piece, also suggests five proposals to "reform retirement plan structures and benefits levels."

You can read the Miller column here.

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Jon Ortiz launched The State Worker blog and a companion column in 2008 to cover state government from the perspective of California government employees. Every day he filters the news through a single question: "What does this mean for state workers?" Join Ortiz for updates and debate on state pay, benefits, pensions, contracts and jobs. Contact him at (916) 321-1043 and at


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