Calif. lawmakers workout deals with pension reform, which most likely will not be on ballot

4:51 PM, Feb 9, 2012   |    comments
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SACRAMENTO, CA - There's a growing likelihood pension reform will not make it to the November ballot after all.
Backers of the most radical plan on the landscape have pulled it from the election.

The group, California Pension Reform, contends a false and misleading summary from attorney general Kamala Harris effectively killed the referendum.

The summary raised questions about the viability of the reform proposal and caused fundraising problems.

Now, without a radical measure on the ballot, some political observers believe the governor and the legislature will hammer out a deal without the voters.

"Everybody wants pension reform, but a lot of people didn't want to do it at the ballot box," Californians for Retirement Security Steve Maviglio said. "I think the governor's proposals took the wind out of the sales of the ballot measure because he came in with some very tough things. And, the unions are sitting down at the bargain table and knocking that out."

The state legislature is still awaiting a final draft of the governor's pension reform legislation.

But privately Brown and more than 200 government agencies have made pension changes that are already saving the state hundreds of millions of dollars.

"We've always felt this was better handled by the legislature or better yet at the bargaining table," Maviglio said. "More than 230 jurisdictions already have made pension changes because there's some give and take. You know, pensions are compensation and that's the way we think we can get it done."

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