The State Worker

Chronicling civil-service life for California state workers

October 31, 2011
Poll: What will happen to Jerry Brown's pension plan?

Editor's note: A technical problem with the poll forced us to reconstruct it today at 12.56 p.m., wiping out votes prior to that time.

In case you missed it, Bee Capitol Bureau colleague David Siders reported last week that Democratic lawmakers are skeptical about Gov. Jerry Brown's plan to reduce retirement benefits for new public employees and increase contributions for most current and future state and local government workers.

"Even as Gov. Jerry Brown announced his plan Thursday to reduce pension benefits for public employees across the state, its prospects of passing intact appeared dim.," Dave wrote.

Brown wants to put the plan on the November 2012 ballot . That means he needs support from two-thirds of the members in the Assembly and the Senate. It's possible lawmakers will marshal that many votes for some of the proposals and for not others.

What do you think will happen?

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Jon Ortiz The Author

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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