Gov. Jerry Brown will continue to push for changes in pension benefits for public workers, but has backed away from his earlier call for legislators to put a pension-change measure on the November ballot.
"There won't be pension changes on the November ballot," Brown spokeswoman Elizabeth Ashford said in a statement. "But we'll get the reforms done, you can count on that."
Brown offered a 12-point state and local government retirement reform plan to lawmakers in February as a constitutional amendment, which would require a public vote. The proposals became a springboard for public pension policy debates that will carry on into August with a goal of producing legislation ahead of the November election.
Although the deadline for placing measures on the ballot has passed, lawmakers could have changed the rules to allow for a later pension-reform entry.