San Francisco pension debate puts politics ahead of policy

From the SJ Mercury:

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As San Francisco voters head toward a Tuesday decision on dueling pension reform measures, we see what happens when politics obfuscates policy.

Even the most thoughtful residents will have a hard time evaluating the measures and appreciating the magnitude of the problem because politicians, union leaders and the media have, for the most part, mistakenly turned this into partisan warfare rather than examining the sobering numbers and the details of the proposed plans.

As a result, for example, most have overlooked how both plans — Measure C led by Mayor Ed Lee and Measure D spearheaded by Public Defender Jeff Adachi — would place a disproportionate burden on the majority of city workers, who would be essentially subsidizing police and firefighters.

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