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Sens. Huff and Walters pension legislation letter to Sen. Negrete McLeod and Assemblyman Warren Furutani

Sens. Huff and Walters pension legislation letter to Sen. Negrete McLeod and Assemblyman Warren Furutani

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CALIFORNIA

LEGISLATURE

STATE SACRAMENTO,

CAPITOL CALIFORNIA

95814

April 10,2012

The Honorable Gloria Negrete McLeod Chair Conference Committee on Public Employee Pensions (S.B. 827 and A.B. 340) The Honorable Warren Furutani Chair Conference Committee on Public Employee Pensions (S.B. 827 and A.B. 340)

RE: Governor Brown's Pension Reform Dear Senator Negrete McLeod and Assemblyman Furutani: On October 26, 2011, the Conference Committee on Public Employee Pensions convened for the first time in the City of Carson, to discuss the "Current Condition of Public Employee Benefits and Reform Efforts." The following day, Governor Brown publicly released his Twelve Point Pension Reform Plan that" ... will begin to reduce the taxpayer burden for state retiree health care costs and will put California on a more sustainable path to providing fair public retirement benefits." It is now five months later and the conference committee has not taken a vote on the Governor's pension plan. As you know, SB 1176 (Huff)/AB 2224 (Smyth) and SCA 18 (Huff)/ACA 22 (Smyth) contain the governor's pension reform language word-for-word as drafted by the Governor. California's state and local pension debt is hundreds of billions of dollars and growing every day. This unsustainable debt is crowding out money for other services and programs such as education and public safety. Given the importance of this issue and the lack of direct legislative action by the conference committee, we respectfully request a vote on the Governor's pension plan as it is reflected in our legislative measures at the next conference committee hearing presently scheduled for April 13,2012. We further request that the Governor and his representatives be invited to appear at the hearing in support of his pension reform plan.

Please remember that, just as important as it is for the Legislature to enact the Governor's pension plan, it is equally important that the people have a chance to approve it at the ballot. By requiring a vote of the people, future legislators cannot roll back these necessary reforms. The people of California overwhelmingly support pension reform. If you fail to allow a vote on the Governor's pension reform proposal in committee you will be denying all Californians the opportunity to vote on the bi-partisan reform plan that our highest elected state official believes is necessary to begin to address the public pension crisis.

Senate Republican Leader

Mimi Walters State Senator Pension Conference Committee Member

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