I was dubious about the return of Governor Moonbeam, and frankly remain so, but this measure coming out of Jerry Brown’s office warms my conservative heart.
Under current California law, public employees and retirees continue to receive their state pensions even if they are convicted of a felony and sent to jail. In essence, the taxpayers are paying the former public servant twice: the pension, and the $50,000 or so that it costs to keep that individual incarcerated.
As bad as it is to spend $5ok a year on a convicted criminal, it is good money after bad to pay the pension on top of that. Brown’s move makes great fiscal sense and should be supported.
- Pension-reform group suspends initiative campaign (mercurynews.com)
- Are Democrats in Sacramento off the hook on pension reform? (mercurynews.com)
- State Lawmakers Get A Look At Browns Pension Reform Plan (sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com)
- Clamor grows to rein in California pension benefits (latimes.com)