The State Worker

Chronicling civil-service life for California state workers

January 20, 2011
Column Extra: More about foundation's pension change plan

With just 400 to 450 words for our Thursday State Worker column, much of what we learn in the ramp-up to writing it never sees print. Column Extras give you some of the notes, the quotes and the observations that don't make the cut.

Today's column looks at a pension change plan that the California Foundation for Fiscal Responsibility is preparing to push for a statewide vote next year. The plan would temporarily change pension accrual formulas for current state and local government employees, but there are other aspects to the proposal that we didn't cover. They include: a cap on benefits, changes to retiree health benefits for employees hired after July 1, 2013 and changes to pension fund governance.

Click here to see a draft of the proposal.

The foundation is going to promote its plan with the Legislature and Gov. Jerry Brown, but if lawmakers don't embrace it -- it's unlikely they will -- the group will start rounding up money to collect signatures to get the proposal on the ballot in 2012.

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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 jortiz@sacbee.com.

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