"But we'll get it done," he told reporters after an event in
Oakland Monday. "Just like I did to taxes, I'll get to pension
reform. One way or the other, we will reform the pensions in
California. You can count on that."
(Click the LISTEN button above to hear the governor's
remarks to reporters Monday.)
Last week, the governor told legislative Democrats their
pension proposal wasn't acceptable and asked them to keep working
during this month's summer recess. On Monday, asked what's wrong
with their plan, Brown said it would save billions of dollars less
than his own 12-point proposal from last fall.
"We've costed it out," the governor said. "It was a very
complicated plan. And we've pretty well dug into it and find
out it just doesn't do the job at all."
Democrats have said their goal is to reach savings comparable
to the governor's. They say they're in agreement with Brown
on many of his proposals but call some of his ideas unworkable or
too harsh on public employees.