Steven Greenhut: Brown pension plan going nowhere


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Despite some encouraging details in Gov. Jerry Brown’s recently announced pension-reform proposal, there’s virtually no chance the state will seriously reform — or even seriously attempt to reform — a system creaking under the weight of up to an estimated $500 billion in unfunded liabilities.

The proposal isn’t bad. It doesn’t go far enough to fix the problem even if implemented in its entirety, but it goes further than most pension reform advocates had expected from a Democratic governor who, to date, has governed as an extension of the public-employee unions that elected him to office.

But the plan probably is dead on arrival in the union-dominated Legislature. One might even argue that Brown is being cynical here — offering reasonably tough reform proposals that he knows will go nowhere. Then he can claim that he has tried to fix the problem but could not surmount the insurmountable.

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  1. Calif needs to get rid of their entire State govt. including the Unfit Governor. Stomp every communist,marxist,socialist out! They have absolutely no place in government of any form. Start over with a clean slate. The corruption in this state is as bad or worse than D.C.. All patriots see Major General Paul Vallely’s “National Call to United Action”

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