The State Worker

Chronicling civil-service life for California state workers

November 23, 2010
Pension reform group opposes 401(k)-type public pension plan

Our report on San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders' plan to shift future city employees to a defined-contribution retirement system prompted a blizzard of e-mail, including an unexpected response from a Citrus Heights-based group that advocates pension reform.

Marcia Fritz, president of the California Foundation for Fiscal Responsibility, said in an e-mail to The State Worker this morning that her organization doesn't support Sanders' proposal. The foundation is the group behind the "CalPERS $100,000 Club" and the "CalSTRS $100,000 Club" databases.

Fritz's organization supports a hybrid option for public employees that blends a smaller defined-benefit pension with a defined-contribution plan. She attached these talking points that explain the foundation's position:

Why Pure Defined Contribution Plans for Public Employees Don't Work

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