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August 22, 2011
Analyst reviews pension, collective bargaining initiatives

Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for 100831 calculator.JPGThe Legislative Analyst's Office has issued its take on several ballot initiatives that have qualified for signature collection, including one that concerns pension taxation and another that would end collective bargaining for government workers.

What follows is a brief summary of the measures and the LAO's reviews. Click "The LAO says" links for more in-depth analyses:

The End Public Sector Bargaining Act would prohibit public sector collective bargaining in California.

The LAO says:

Potential state and local government employee compensation savings. The amount of savings would depend on future compensation decisions by state and local governments.

The Tax Public Pensions Above $100,000 per Year Act, would amend the State Constitution to institute a new state tax on CalSTRS and/or CalPERS pension benefits that exceed $100,000 per year.

The LAO says:

Possible increase in state revenues from a new tax on certain public employee pensions. Over the long run, these revenue gains would be offset by decreases in other state and local revenues and increases in some state and local costs.

Worth noting: It's not clear that either initiative has lined up the $1 million to $2 million to collect the hundreds of thousands of signatures needed to qualify the measures for the 2012 ballot.

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