Confronting the Costs of Retirement Benefits
Sam Liccardo
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So your GOP style answer is to cut pensions for those civil servants who worked all their lives for retirement? Punish the innocent? That is the implication of this column. “Oh the private sector does it all the time.” Sorry, the country is tired of race to the bottom. California already implemented PEPRA and many agencies are having a hard timing hiring because pay is already low, and now the long term rewards of civil service are no longer enticing. The case law on constitutional contract abrogation already rejects the punish the victims approach.

If obligations are unfunded, then the legislature must fund and then exact controls to prevent small time politicians from overspending in the first place. Those are real world solutions. Punishing people on fixed incomes is cruel and unjust.

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