California’s pension reform has been left unfinished – Orange County Register

About a year ago, Gov. Jerry Brown told an audience in San Francisco, “We’re not finished with pension reform. We’ve still got to do much more there.”

But public employee unions in California would like to undo even the small amount that has been done. The governor’s 2012 pension reform law has been challenged with several lawsuits, including one by the union that represents Calfire firefighters. This week, Brown’s office was in court to file a brief arguing that the pension changes — which included reduced benefits for new workers and restrictions on pension “spiking” — were necessary “to maintain the public’s trust in the government’s prudent use of limited taxpayer funds.”

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