Tag Archives: Pension Reform

Podcast: Retirement, Realignment, Republicans

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No word seems to dominate the political lexicon these days more than “optics,” the acknowledgement that how something looks can sometimes be more important than what it really turns out to be. This week’s Capital Notes Podcast examines some of … Continue reading »


The Costs of Brown's Pension Plan... In Money and Politics

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For weeks, the conventional wisdom around the Capitol has been that Governor Jerry Brown’s proposal to create a hybrid pension/401(k) system for future government employees faced long odds with legislative Democrats. Now, they’ve got something on which to base their … Continue reading »


Podcast: America's Finest Podcast

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Okay, maybe that’s an overstatement. But as California Democrats flock to the sunny environs of San Diego for their annual convention, it was hard to resist a borrowing of the city’s famous moniker. This week’s Capital Notes Podcast offers a … Continue reading »


Podcast: Show Your Cards

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At some point in most poker games, you’ve got to lay down your cards and see who wins. This week, we saw a few of the cards floating around the 2012 election cycle when it comes to campaign cash. But … Continue reading »


Speaker Perez: Fix Water Bond. And More.

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As the Legislature returns to Sacramento, the leader of the lower house is sounding confident but cautious on some of the more challenging issues in year ahead. And so the headlines from an interview with Assembly Speaker John Perez in … Continue reading »


Brown Interview: Pensive, Upbeat, More Latin

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Governor Jerry Brown may be reviving the so-called “dead language” of Latin, at least in its application to California politics. In a brief one-on-one interview after his Tuesday news conference, Brown took the long view on pensions, offered a succinct … Continue reading »


Brown's Pension Musings: From Ponzi to Castor Oil

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Few governors could probably pull off an appearance like Governor Jerry Brown’s visit to a legislative committee examining his proposal to rework the public employee pension system. But as he’s proved before, Brown often seems to believe that when it … Continue reading »


Analyst: Take a Pass on Tinkering With Current Worker Pensions

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While referring to Governor Jerry Brown’s proposal for changes in public employee pensions as a “bold, excellent starting point,” the state’s independent fiscal analyst’s office nonetheless concludes that neither Brown’s proposal — nor any other — that seeks to rejigger … Continue reading »


Podcast: Money Brawl

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Some of the greatest political fights in California have been about taxpayer dollars — who pays them, who spends them, who’s spending too many of them. And two classic high price tag fights both made news this week. Our Capital … Continue reading »


New Pension Initiatives Target Current Workers

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NOTE: An earlier version of this posting misidentified conservative pension activist Marcia Fritz as one of the members of the group behind the new initiative campaign. There’s a temptation to dust off the quote attributed to an infamous bank robber … Continue reading »