The State Worker

Chronicling civil-service life for California state workers

January 18, 2012
What Republicans say about Jerry Brown's public pension plan

Republicans have briefly addressed Gov. Jerry Brown's call for public pension reform in a web video featuring Assembly Republican leader Connie Conway and Senate Republican leader Bob Huff. The GOP leadership crafted their remarks on Tuesday before Brown delivered his State of the State today. Here's the pertinent section of the GOP's "response":

Finally, every dollar we spend for pensions is a dollar we don't have to spend for our public schools and for local law enforcement.

So we will work across party lines to enact strong public pension reform.

Governor Brown has proposed a public employee pension reform plan that is actually a good starting point.

Republicans are ready to enact his pension changes.

But Legislative Democrats are stalling it because their special interest union allies don't like the reforms.

Check out what everyone is saying about Brown's speech on Capitol Alert. This link will open the full text of the Republicans' reaction to the State of the State. Here's the video:

Republican Response to Gov. Brown's State of the State from CA Assembly GOP on Vimeo.

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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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