The State Worker

Chronicling civil-service life for California state workers

July 19, 2011
Ted Lieu, Steve Maviglio get into tweet fight over pensions

Thumbnail image for maviglio.JPGBlog User E flagged an interesting Twitter tête à tête between Democrat Sen. Ted Lieu and Steve Maviglio, who often speaks for the public employee coalition Californians for Retirement Security.

110719 TedLieu.jpgLieu tweeted on Friday that lawmakers need to do more about changing pensions or public employees will face even harsher measures via a statewide ballot initiative.

Maviglio responded that the public "(rightly) cares about spiking, abuse, high $" pensions and that unions support laws to tamp that down. But going further would be an "attack on middle class, cops, teachers, firefighters that voters won't support."

Click here to see the Tweet-off.

PHOTOS: Steve Maviglio (top) and Ted Lieu / Sacramento Bee file photos.

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