Tag archive for Gov. Jerry Brown

“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 …

California: Premium pay for ordinary duties

The LA Times has a follow-up story on the August vote by the Calpers board to approve 99 categories of additional pay that government employees in the Golden State can use to boost the amount of their salary that counts toward their final pension. While the major import of the story is the way Calpers undermined modest pension reforms signed into law in 2012, it’s fascinating to see just what kinds of tasks earn government workers “premium” pay…

Pensions: When you can’t trust the trustees

Last week the board of trustees of Calpers, dominated by six beneficiaries of the pension fund, voted to essentially undue some of Jerry Brown’s modest 2012 pension reforms with their liberal interpretation of the new rules. I have a piece in the LA Times today describing how this is not just a California problem. Many pension funds are directed by boards dominated by beneficiaries…

Bloomberg’s cheap shot at Christie on pensions

I generally try to remain agnostic about whether the media politically lean one way or another, and whether the press has it out for certain politicians or not. Still, a piece that ran on Bloomberg today entitled “Pension Promise Broken by Christie Affirmed Across U.S.” is so misleading that I assume the reporter who wrote it either understands little about what states and municipalities are (and aren’t) doing about pensions,or simply wanted to publish a cheap shot at Christie, who deserves criticism but is hardly alone in coming up short…

Jerry Brown’s State of the State: Long-Term Liabilities ‘Enormous,’ ‘Growing’

California Governor Jerry Brown delivered his annual “state of the state” to a joint session of the legislature on Wednesday, the last in his third term as the state’s chief executive. Although Brown touted the state’s “comeback,” he acknowledged that California has some serious challenges:
And …

The union governor emulates his big-building Dad

The key to Gov. Jerry Brown’s governorship is not just support for the public-sector union agenda, but his effort to “get s— done,” as he put it last year. He is trying to live up to the legacy of his infrastructure-building father, Gov. Pat Brown. …

Gov. Brown mocks another state agency scandal

California Gov. Jerry Brown’s penchant for making off-the-cuff remarks can at times be charming, but his latest effort at doing so is infuriating. The California state government is involved in yet another scandal involving taxpayer cash. Cal Fire, the agency that fights fires on state …

Gov. Brown salutes unions in his State of State

If you want to know what state we’re in here in California, then a few words uttered by Gov. Jerry Brown in his State of the State address tell you pretty much all you need to know. “I salute the unions–their members and their leaders,” he …

California’s budget is by no means fixed

Gov. Jerry Brown would like us to believe that California’s fiscal issues are behind it because he offered a budget that is, at least superficially, balanced. But the Brown budget is just another evasion, a “kick the can down the road” plan that ignores that the …

Jerry Brown gets it right again on redevelopment

It’s rare that Gov. Jerry Brown’s pro-union tendencies yield anything but trouble for California, but when it comes to choosing between his union allies and rent-seeking corporate-welfare types, the governor chose the former. And that’s a good thing. Last year, to find a few extra …