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GOP Lawmakers Introduce Brown's Pension Plan

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(Sacramento, CA)
Wednesday, February 22, 2012

The Republicans are taking Brown's exact language and introducing it word-for-word - effectively daring Democrats to say no to their own governor.  Assembly Minority Leader Connie Conway says Democrats can't just pass bits and pieces of the governor's 12-point plan.

Conway: "I would rather look at this comprehensively; take a serious look at it.  We agree with the governor on this.  The Dems need to get on board and let's do something about this.  I think it can't happen too soon."

Brown wants to create a "hybrid" pension formula that includes a 401k-style plan.  He also proposes increasing the retirement age … and requiring equal contributions from employees and employers.

Neither the governor nor Democratic leaders had much to say in response.  But the union coalition opposing a major pension overhaul is calling the GOP move "nothing more than election year politics."  A legislative committee holds another pension hearing next week.

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