The State Worker

Chronicling civil-service life for California state workers

December 29, 2012
Top 10 posts of 2012: Public pension ballot measure dies

countdown 9.JPG This is the latest in a series counting down this year's most-viewed State Worker blog posts, with a little hindsight analysis.

The latest push to end defined-benefit public pension plans officially died on Feb. 8 with the announcement that a ballot measure campaign to alter public retirement plans was suspended.

The announcement took pressure off lawmakers to quickly act on their own pension reform plan to counter California Pension Reform's measure. When the Legislature finally rolled out AB 340 at the end of the 2011-12 session, the bill put a six-figure cap on defined benefit pensions instead of ending them.

The February news also meant that unions a would be able to put everything they had into defeating Proposition 32, the campaign finance reform initiative that did make the Nov. 6 ballot, and supporting Brown's tax measure, Proposition 30.

Here's your pass to a stroll down memory lane with our 9th most-viewed post: California pension reform group suspends initiative campaign

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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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