Beyond Wisconsin: Blue on Blue in California
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  • It’ll be interesting to see how the SD and SJ voters go…. but CA itself has, according to a Stanford survey, $500 BILLION in unfunded public sector pension liabilities…

    And though Moonbeam loves to talk about his $16B deficit (up from only $9B a few weeks back), the fact is that CA also owes teh Feds $14B and local school districts $10B, for an ACTUAL deficit this year of $40B… plus that $500B donkey in the room….

    CA is in FAR worse shape than the MSM lets on…

  • Corlyss

    “For starters, unlike other propositions that have sought to dismantle union benefits, these ballot measures will affect current employees as well as new hires.”

    Well, that’s gotta be a union poison pill op. No one I’ve ever heard, even the most wild-eyed fiscal hawks, has ever talked about delivering a kill shot to current retirees like slashing their existing pensions. That would be IMO violating the Constitutional ban on interference with contracts.

  • Kevin M

    California needs a windfall tax imposed on larger pension checks, rolling back into CalPERS. There also needs to be a way to break the benefit ratchet that the state courts have discovered in the state constitution. Not being able to alter any benefit or rule on any existing or retired worker, save in their favor, is going to make saving California next to impossible.

  • Diane

    Correction: San Diego and San Jose are the 2nd and 3rd largest cities. Only Los Angeles is larger. I think that’s significant.

  • The question in San Diego is: is Prop B better than, say, voting for former Republican turned independent candidate Nathan Fletcher for Mayor and work for a negotiated settlement in lieu of Prop B that may be appealed to the courts and could be overturned. Anti-tax Mayoral candidate Carl DeMaio may sound like the taxpayers candidate – but if Prop B fails a court appeal and DeMaio is inflexible in any bargaining this might backfire??? This is somewhat like the classic Prisoner’s Dilemma – the accused accomplice either cops a confession in return for a reduced sentence or immunity or loses everything and ends up with a 30 year sentence. Which would you pick?

  • Doug in SD

    In San Diego, there is also a measure banning Project Labor Agreements from public contracting.

  • sestamibi

    Complacent, not complaisant. Gawd.

  • NJD

    Obviously this needs to happen. Not only will it cut down on costs through reducing benefits to retirees, it will hopefully encourage city employees to work longer. There are few reasons that any employee should retire before 65. For city/state government to fiscally work, employees need to stay on the job longer.

  • JLK

    @ Sestambi

    Both spellings mean very close to the same thing. If you will bother to check the Oxford Dictionary, it shows the 2 spellings as synonyms. By not showing off your spelling bee brilliance you won’t become a waste of reply space.

  • ajb

    complaisant: 1: marked by an inclination to please or oblige 2: tending to consent to others’ wishes [Merriam-Webster online]. Some advice: check a dictionary before you try to correct a great writer.

  • thibaud

    All for it. Voted Yes on Measure B in SJ.

    Now, can we rein in those other regulatory capture scam artists, the TBTF banksters and the private health insurance mafia?

    When will Via Meadia attack the other leeches who are suppressing economic growth and prosperity in this country?

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