Pension reform eludes lawmakers again
September 9, 2011
With a cynical finish to its legislative season, the state Assembly Friday put the lid on efforts to reform public sector pensions by declaring its “intent” to take the matter up next year. [SacramentoBee]
A trumpeted objective in January, pension reform fell from lawmakers’ favor under a steady barrage of lobbying by public employee unions. With the midnight legislative session deadline approaching, the lower house gutted a reform bill, replacing all of its language with a simple paragraph:
“This bill would declare the intent of the Legislature to convene a conference committee to craft responsible, comprehensive legislation to reform state and local pension systems in a manner that reflects both the legitimate needs of public employees and the fiscal circumstances of state and local governments.”
Both lawmaking houses will now “study” the matter further when they reconvene in 2012.