Posts Tagged ‘pensions’

Gov. Christie: Not all pensions will be paid

Sunday, August 3rd, 2014

Chris Cristie is the governor of New Jersey. But he has given a wake-up call to all states with public pension problems, including California. The latest: BELMAR, N.J. — Pension reform is going to involve breaking some promises, including reducing benefits that public employees were counting on ...

Feeble CalPERS reform shows Brown who runs Sacramento

Tuesday, July 8th, 2014

Taken at face value, the pension reforms touted by Gov. Jerry Brown in 2011 and 2012 were genuinely far-reaching for a California Democrat, even one as allegedly independent as Brown. But from the 2014 perspective, two of the key provisions previously sought by the gov have not only gone nowhere; th...

CalSTRS bailout will be CA version of budget sequester

Tuesday, May 27th, 2014

On April 10, 2012, I wrote an op-ed for the L.A. Daily News with an unusual take on what ultimately would kill the bullet train. My theory was that the teachers unions would fight to keep a new mouth from the trough of the general fund because of the long-term need to maintain a status quo in which ...

Pension costs burden CA budget

Monday, May 19th, 2014

Gov. Jerry Brown still hasn't gotten his state's budget problems beat. A high-profile new report showed California still faces massive liabilities extending far into the future. The study, released by the nonpartisan Legislative Analyst's Office, tallied over $340 billion in debts, deferred ...

Video: An unsustainable recovery in California

Thursday, April 17th, 2014
NEW: Video: An unsustainable recovery in California

Former California State Finance Director Tom Campbell gives his take on California's economic outlook.   http://youtu.be/LJ7cvhzWgvE

CalSTRS unfunded liability hits new high

Monday, April 14th, 2014
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The California State Teachers' Retirement System just announced it faces $73.7 billion in long-term liabilities. Left untouched, that would spell bankruptcy in 2043. For critics of California's public-employee pensions programs, the grim numbers heighten the urgency for reform. If CalSTRS wants ...

Malkenhorst epitome of government service

Monday, March 17th, 2014
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Bruce Malkenhorst and his $551,000-a-year public pension are back in the news. The Orange County Register reports: A stunning once-secret investigation into the escapades of former Vernon exec Bruce Malkenhorst... alleges that Malkenhorst stealthily and systematically bled hundreds of thousands...

CalPERS just called me

Thursday, March 6th, 2014

At 11:27 am, according to my cell, I got a call from CalPERS, the California Public Employees' Retirement System. At first I thought it was about some news story I had done. I've talked to them before. Then the woman started taking about a "survey." "This is a poll on CalPERS?" I asked. "Ye...

Are CA elected officials underpaid?

Wednesday, March 5th, 2014

Just after getting a 5 percent raise, Gov.  Jerry Brown, other statewide officials and legislators soon could get another boost, supposedly because they're "underpaid." Hey, "California is back," Brown keeps saying. The CA Dem party is meeting this weekend in Los Angeles. The theme: "Let the...

CalPERS rate hike slams cities

Wednesday, February 19th, 2014
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Californians are finding out how Gov. Jerry Brown is going to deal with the state's pension crisis: make the taxpayers pay for it. This from CalPensions: A divided CalPERS board yesterday approved a faster rate hike for the state urged by Gov. Brown, but opposed by unions. A proposal to give strugg...