CFFR’s Maria Fritz: Want to save schools? Fix pension systems

Marcia Fritz, a certified public accountant, is president of the California Foundation for Fiscal Responsibility. The recession deserves most – but not all – of the blame for the 1,200 layoff notices mailed to Sacramento area teachers this year. You … Continue reading

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Proposed California Pension Reform Measure Could Save Billions

The controversial “Public Employee Pension Reform Act” – which would “reform the excessive pension benefits provided to current government employees” – would save billions over the long haul and give local governments more room to maneuver in tight fiscal times, … Continue reading

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California’s State Workers Need to Give More

As lawmakers and the governor struggle to forge consensus on solutions to close California’s remaining $15.4 billion budget deficit, one thing is clear. Savings and sacrifices must be made in every area of state spending if we are going to … Continue reading

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Retiree Health Care Costs: San Diego Cuts a Big Deal

San Diego expects to save $714 million over the next 25 years under a tentative retiree-health agreement with labor unions announced last week by Mayor Jerry Sanders, a step toward cutting a long-ignored public employee cost. Rising pension costs during … Continue reading

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The Clock Is Running on Pension Reform in California

Self-styled “truth squads” visited Sacramento this past week to contest warnings that pension debts are squeezing the ability to pay for basic public services. Critics, according to Martha Penryn, a special-education teacher in Sacramento, “continue to spread myths and falsehoods … Continue reading

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Dispelling the Public-Sector Salary Myth

PUBLIC EMPLOYEE unions often defend their members’ pricey pensions by claiming the benefits make up for salaries that are lower than those in the private sector. A study released Thursday undermines that rationale. In California, wages of state and local … Continue reading

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San Diego Saves $323 Million on Retiree Health Care

The agreement would still leave an $800 million shortfall in promised benefits The city of San Diego’s leaders signed off on a tentative agreement Friday with labor unions that they say would shave $323 million off a $1.1 billion shortfall … Continue reading

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New Contract for Menlo Park, California’s Police Sergeants Includes Retirement Age Increase for New Hires

Menlo Park’s eight police sergeants have agreed to a two-year contract that includes no pay bumps and slashes 100 hours of paid work from the schedules of four sergeants, according to a city memo released Thursday. Contracts for the sergeants, … Continue reading

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AUDIO: California Pension Reformer Marcia Fritz Interviewed on Los Angeles Talk Show

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Union Clamor Can’t Muffle the Need for Pension Reform in California

Union activists plan to march on the state Capitol and have launched a public relations blitz to convince the public that efforts to rein in out-of-control pension costs for public employees amount to an effort to demonize government workers. As … Continue reading

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