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Gov. Jerry Brown's 12-point pension reform plan

From Gov. Jerry Brown

October 27, 2011

The pension reform plan I am proposing will apply to all California state, local, school and other public employers, new public employees, and current employees as legally permissible. It also will begin to reduce the taxpayer burden for state retiree health care costs and will put California on a more sustainable path to providing fair public retirement benefits.

1. Equal Sharing of Pension Costs: All Employees and Employers.

While many public employees make some contribution to their retirement - state employees contribute at least 8 percent of their salaries - some make none. Their employers pay the full amount of the annual cost of their pension benefits. The funding of annual normal pension costs should be shared equally by employees and employers.

My plan will require that all new and current employees transition to a contribution level of at least 50 percent of the annual cost of their pension benefits. Given the different levels of employee contributions, the move to a contribution level of at least 50 percent will be phased in at a pace that takes into account current contribution levels, current contracts and the collective bargaining process.

Regardless of pacing, this change delivers real near-term savings to public employers, who will see their share of annual employee pension costs decline.

2. "Hybrid" Risk-Sharing Pension Plan: New Employees.


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