As tonight’s deadline approaches for state lawmakers to ram through a public pension reform plan unveiled by Gov. Jerry Brown at the last minute during an already crazy end of the legislative session and with no review, media outlets are scrambling to make sense of it. In case you missed them, here are some selected explainers:
- The Mercury News’ Daniel Borenstein dissects what’s known of the backroom compromise between the governor and Democratic lawmakers and dubs it “pension reform lite.”
- The LA Times editorializes that what’s on the table is a “partial fix.”
- The Merc provides a detailed piece illustrating just how few state employees will actually be affected by the plan’s pension cap provision. Hint: less than 2 percent.
- A Mercury News piece today looks at the 66 former Bay Area supervisors (not rank and file union members) who’re earning $200,000 or more a year in retirement, complete with names.