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New Field Poll: Voters Support Changes to Pensions



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(Sacramento, CA)
Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Pension talks between Democratic lawmakers and Governor Jerry Brown have hit a snag.  But the Governor says it's still a major priority:

Governor Brown: "We need good, solid pension reform and I will be actively engaged over the next several weeks and months to make sure that happens."

A new Field Poll finds California voters favor changes.  Two-thirds support setting an upper limit or salary cap when calculating benefits.  And 60 percent support increasing the minimum age at which public employees can receive pension benefits.  Mark DiCamillo is with the Field Poll:

Mark DiCamillo:"They see abuses in the system and obviously they're hearing reports that there's just not enough money set aside and that will have long-term implications on the budgets of not only California but their local communities as well, so they want something done to fix that long-term problem."

DiCamillo says just over half of voters also favor a proposal to replace the current pension system with a hybrid, combining 401K-style benefits with reduced guaranteed payments.  That's something Governor Brown and lawmakers has talked about. 
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