Re "At first blush, pension deal is modest at best" (Editorials, Aug. 29): Of course The Bee editorial board and its "experts" say the latest pension reform doesn't go far enough. They won't be happy until state workers are working for free, or government services are completely privatized.
When cost-of-living raises were sacrificed for more secure pension benefits, many knew the day would come when these would be taken away. I doubt whether forthcoming negotiations will produce the necessary raises, which should amount to about 30 percent, in order for state workers to continue to provide for their families.
Facts are stubborn things. State pensions make up 1.5 percent of the budget and are not unfunded. As long as the state continues to contract with corporate campaign donors, who charge $300-plus an hour for their services, the state will continue to operate at a deficit.
If people think state services are lacking now, just wait until this plan goes into effect.
-- Bill Adelman, Galt
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