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CSR Legislative Report

Posted Aug 27, 2013 by newspaper editor    0 Comment(s)  0 Likes Like Dislike

The following PDF is a list of Bills that CSR is supporting, opposing, or watching.

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CSR suggests candidates in the Nov. 6 election

Posted Oct 19, 2012 by newspaper editor    0 Comment(s)  0 Likes Like Dislike

The California State Retirees Board of Directors is endorsing the following candidates in the Nov. 6 General Election.

Recommendations were made to the board by the CSR Political Action Committee (PAC), which considers each candidate’s voting record on issues such as protecting pensions and health benefits for state retirees.

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San Jose voters approve pension reforms

Posted Jun 06, 2012 by newspaper editor    0 Comment(s)  0 Likes Like Dislike

San Jose voters Tuesday handed Mayor Chuck Reed a crucial victory with his nationally watched pension reform measure passing by a decisive margin.It was a big night for pension reform, with a San Diego measure also winning by a wide margin. City employee unions who argued the measures are illegal were expected to challenge both in court.

But voter approval of San Jose's Measure B puts Reed and the city in the vanguard of efforts to shrink taxpayer bills for generous government pension plans. Passage also strengthen's Reed's hand as he and his City Council allies work to enact the measure's reforms with a vote next week to reduce pensions for new hires.

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Legislative panel working on ‘hybrid’ pension

Posted Apr 11, 2012 by newspaper editor    0 Comment(s)  0 Likes Like Dislike

SANTA ROSA — A two-house legislative committee is working with Gov. Brown’s Department of Finance on a ‘hybrid’ retirement plan for new state and local government hires, a committee member told a forum here last week.

Assemblyman Michael Allen, D-Santa Rosa, twice referred to a “cash balance” plan while talking about a cost-cutting hybrid, proposed by Brown, that combines a lower pension with a 401(k)-style individual investment plan.

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Plan to fix its finances thrown into jeopardy.

Posted Sep 28, 2011 by    0 Comment(s)  0 Likes Like Dislike

Faced with a growing pension burden, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and the City Council moved this summer to freeze the amount of healthcare benefits given to thousands of police and firefighters once they retire. Those benefits would not increase in coming years, Villaraigosa said, unless employees contribute more toward retirement from their paychecks. [Read More...]



Assembly throws in towel on public pension reform -- for now

Posted Sep 09, 2011 by newspaper editor    2 Comment(s)  1 Likes Like Dislike

Sacramento Bee Sept. 8, 2011 --Lawmakers essentially threw in the towel Thursday on comprehensive public pension reform - at least for now.

With this year's legislative session scheduled to end at midnight today, the Assembly voted 51-21 to approve a last-minute bill declaring its commitment to pension reform but conceding that more time is needed.

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Jerry Brown, Democratic leaders announce budget deal

Posted Jun 27, 2011 by newspaper editor    0 Comment(s)  -1 Likes Like Dislike

Gov. Jerry Brown and Democratic legislative leaders announced today that they have reached an agreement on a new majority-vote budget plan.

"We've had some tough discussions, but I can tell you that the Democrats in both the Senate and the Assembly have now joined with the administration and myself and we have a very good plan going forward with the budget," Brown said at a press conference in his office this afternoon.
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Brown's spokesman calls Republicans 'basically moronic'

Posted Jun 27, 2011 by newspaper editor    0 Comment(s)  -1 Likes Like Dislike

With California's new fiscal year starting Friday and no compromise with the GOP on a budget in sight, Gov. Jerry Brown's chief spokesman called Sacramento Republicans "basically moronic" for failing to strike [Read More...]



Calif. senators differ on Social Security fixes

Posted Apr 12, 2011 by newspaper editor    1 Comment(s)  0 Likes Like Dislike

When it comes to shaping the future of Social Security, Sen. Dianne Feinstein says "everything should be on the table," including gradually raising the retirement age.

Sen. Barbara Boxer takes a different view. She is co-sponsoring legislation that would require a two-thirds majority vote before Congress could proceed with any legislation that would reduce benefits, increase the retirement age or transition the program to private accounts.

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GOP in California tax talks

Posted Mar 03, 2011 by newspaper editor    0 Comment(s)  2 Likes Like Dislike

In what could become a turning point in Gov. Jerry Brown's effort to close California's $26.6 billion deficit, a group of Republican state senators may support the Democratic governor's plan to ask voters for extended tax increases, in exchange for concessions, people familiar with the matter said. [Read More...]



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