As 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.
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.
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