The State Worker

Chronicling civil-service life for California state workers

December 1, 2011
Jerry Brown to attend legislative hearing on his pension plan

Brownpension2.JPGGov. Jerry Brown will be on hand this afternoon as a legislative panel convenes to review his pension proposal.

The Democratic governor will join Labor and Workforce Development Agency Secretary Marty Morgenstern and Department of Finance deputy director Michael Cohen as they present his plan to the Joint Conference Committee on Public Employee Pensions.

The 1 p.m. hearing marks the Legislature's first public vetting of the governor's proposal, which would raise the retirement age and scale back pension benefits for future workers.

Lawmakers will also hear testimony and analysis of the 12-point plan from the Legislative Analyst's Office, public employee pension systems CalPERS and CalSTRS, the University of California and representatives of public employee unions and employers.

This isn't the first time Brown has made a cameo at a public hearing on one of his proposals. Earlier this year, he appeared before a joint budget committee to make the case for extending temporary tax increases to help close the budget deficit. After months of negotiations, that proposal failed to win approval in the Legislature.

PHOTO CREDIT: Gov. Jerry Brown unveiled a 12-point public pension reform on Thursday, Oct. 27, 2011 that would ask voters to increase the age at which future state and local government employees could retire with full benefits and place them in riskier retirement plans than current workers. Hector Amezcua/Sacramento Bee.

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