This blog post was authored by Erin Kunze.
In December, we reported on renewed proposals to amend California’s Constitution, as it relates to public employee pension benefits. At that time, former San Jose Mayor, Chuck Reed, and former San Diego City Councilmember, Carl DeMiao, were aiming to move one of two voter initiatives towards the November 2016 ballot, depending on the Attorney General’s title and summary of their proposed initiatives. The initiatives would require voter approval for any enhancement to the pension or retiree healthcare benefits of new employees and cap employer pension plan contributions as a percentage of base employee compensation. This month, Mr. Reed and Mr. DeMaio announced that they are postponing their efforts and setting sites for the 2018 ballot, citing financial considerations and the pending Supreme Court decision in Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association. LCW will keep you updated on the progress of these initiatives.