Tag archive for Chuck Reed

“Unfinished business”: Chuck Reed’s just getting started on pension reform

All Chuck Reed needs is $25 million, and that’s all he needs.
“For me, it’s unfinished business,” says Reed, the outgoing mayor of San Jose, California. “I’m stubborn, persistent, whatever you want to call it.”
He’s talking about his plans for a statewide pension reform initiative in …

Sparse ballot year for pension reform initiatives

This is a busy campaign season, given congressional mid-term elections and 36 governor races. State ballots are also full of direct democracy votes, a total of 148 initiatives of one sort or another according to Ballotpedia. But distinctly missing from ballots at the state level are any pension or government labor reform measures…

The California Rule for public pensions: illegal or just knuckleheaded?

San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed’s pension reform initiative is off for 2014, but there has always been some question as to whether it was even necessary.
Reed took aim at the notorious “California Rule,” a state constitutional doctrine which prevents government employers in California from making prospective …

The Trials of Chuck Reed

San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed has had a tough go of it since unveiling his “Pension Reform Act of 2014” in October. Reed wants to allow state and local governments to adjust pension benefits on a going forward basis, instead of only being able to make …

How significant will Detroit be for public pension policy?

Cross-posted at publicceo.com.
Significant, but perhaps less so than developments in Illinois and California. Nothing that happens in federal bankruptcy court can change the fact that pension reform is mostly a matter of state law.
In addition to being the largest municipal bankruptcy in US history, Detroit …

Pension reform has become a legal issue, but maybe not for much longer

San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed’s move to place pension reform—authentic pension reform—on the 2014 California ballot will ensure that the issue will become, if anything, even larger next year than it is now.
Public interest remains high, judging by how much news coverage public pensions continue …

Direct democracy: Taxes, school funding, minimum wage, GMOs

I have an op-ed in today’s NY Post on New York State’s Nov. 5th ballot initiative which would change the state’s constitution to authorize casino gambling.That’s one of only 31 ballot initiatives nationwide in November, an unusually low number. Perhaps most prominently missing are any …

Four pension myths

Public awareness of state and local governments’ pension struggles is now at an all-time high, thanks to increased media attention in recent years. Though generally a welcome development, there are downsides, as not all pension coverage has hit the mark.
Recent news coverage and reports have served more to misinform …

Union critics see plots, conspiracies in pension reform

Left-wing attacks on the pension-reform movement are so common, with various alternative media outlets picking up the same pieces that make the same tired claims that suggest a corporate conspiracy to deny working people a decent pension. In this typical piece by USC journalism professor …

Current public employees in California: can their pension benefits be changed?

Yes.
Much of the debate over California pension reform centers around whether or not the pension benefits of current employees can and/or should be restructured. The legislation that looks likely to pass soon would mostly leave current employees’ benefits untouched, making it weaker than Gov. Jerry Brown’s original proposal, as well as recent pensions reforms in San Diego and San Jose.