The State Worker

Chronicling civil-service life for California state workers

October 26, 2011
Poll: What's the centerpiece of Jerry Brown's pension plan?

Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for 100720 Jerry Brown.JPGAs we noted in this morning's news round up, Bee Capitol Bureau colleague David Siders reports that Gov. Jerry Brown will unveil his much-anticipated pension "reform" proposals on Thursday. We hear that Brown is meeting with government and labor officials today to give them a preview of his plan.

The Thursday announcement will follow today's special legislative committee hearing on pension reform.

Brown's office has kept details of the governor's plan under wraps and the governor himself has offered no specifics.

We expect the governor will suggest many of the same ideas that he proposed as a gubernatorial candidate and then again after taking office earlier this year.

But one nagging pension reform tease that Brown threw out last week has some labor interests worried.

Some of the proposals "will take constitutional changes" and require a public vote, Brown said during a stop in Beverly Hills.

Union and government officials have told us that there are no pension provisions in the California state constitution. The only pension-related issue it covers is the composition of the CalPERS Board of Administration.

Meanwhile, Brown's key supporters in labor have signaled that they'll go along with anti-spiking provisions and a few other things, but they want defined-benefit pensions left alone. Dave Low of Californians for Retirement Security explained the unions' position in a recent Sacramento Bee op-ed. Low is scheduled to testify at today's special committee hearing.

Which leads us to our poll:

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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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