Governor Brown has declared a stalemate on closing the $25 billion gap between state spending and revenue. He wants roughly half made up by spending cuts and the other half to be an extension of tax increases approved by the voters. Republicans won't give him the two-thirds vote required to put that on the ballot, but there might be a deal on public pension reform. The state's bipartisan Little Hoover Commission has concluded that underfunded pensions threaten both state and local governments. The Legislative Analyst, also bipartisan, agrees.
The State Budget and Public Pension Reform
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Ed Mendel - CalPensions.com, Marilyn Brewer - Little Hoover Commission, Warren Furutani - California State Assemblyman, Pat Macht - California Public Employees' Retirement System, Mimi Walters - California State Senate