Wednesday, July 13, 2011
Little Known Group Seeks to Ban Collective Bargaining, Slash Pensions in California
A Santa Barbara-based organization calling itself the California Center for Public Policy recently announced it has submitted three proposed California constitutional amendments to the California Attorney General to begin the process for qualifying for the ballot. The first amendment would prohibit public sector collective bargaining in California, the second amendment would increase taxes on retired public servants receiving more than $100,000 in pension benefits and the third amendment would raise the CalPERS retirement age to 65 for most employees and 58 for public safety employees. It would not make any change to the retirement age in systems organized under the County Employees Retirement Law of 1937 (CERL). The little known group is not widely believed to have the resources to successfully qualify these initiatives for the ballot.