Jerry Brown won't push pension plan for November ballot

Published: Wednesday, Jul. 11, 2012 - 12:00 am | Page 4A
Last Modified: Wednesday, Jul. 11, 2012 - 7:51 am

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.

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