Brown Ending Pensions for Felons

 

 

Commit a crime, collect a pension – latimes.com.

 

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.

 

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Author: David Wolf

An adviser to corporations and organizations on strategy, communications, and public affairs, David Wolf has been working and living in Beijing since 1995, and now divides his time between China and California. He also serves as a policy and industry analyst focused on innovative and creative industries, a futurist, and an amateur historian.

3 thoughts on “Brown Ending Pensions for Felons”

  1. David, given the herd of Republican presidential hopefuls we have seen, calling governor Brown “Moonbeam” invites, um, negative commentary. Most of Brown’s earlier ideas turned out to be practical, and have come to pass. In contrast, the current Republican candidates have all put out lists of proposals that defy physics, common sense, the opinion of the nation’s citizens, macroeconomics, and all the data available. Every one of them has gone off the deep end.

    1. Thanks, John. It was not my intention to cast aspersions, but to address the prejudices of other conservatives by using the pejorative, then show them how this governor is taking a step that most conservatives SHOULD acknowledge as being in keeping with our credo.

      If I may, Brown’s ideas in his first two terms were less of a problem than the process he used to put them into place. The Diamond Lane program dumped on Adriana Gianturco’s lap was not a bad idea per se, but the way it was implemented alienated half of Southern California.

      Alternative energy was spot on, but he was rushing into alternatives like wind and biomass that were at the time unevaluated and unnecessarily expensive.

      He slashed education budgets “to inspire reform” before ideas for reform were even proposed, much less vetted, in seeming denial of the realities of school district and UC budgeting, not to mention state demographics. My parents moved me into a private school at 12 in part because they didn’t want me to have to learn in an environment where the student to teacher ratio was 40-1. Many of my memories as a UC student were of a faculty and physical plant overwhelmed by growth, despite rapidly rising entrance requirements.

      And as much as we all dislike those bands of concrete wrapping our state, to cut funding of freeways before alternatives were in place was foolhardy. Even if you build a freeway and something better than a car comes along, the state STILL has the right-of-ways that can be used for new transport modes or for beautification.

      That said, I think he was right about a lot of things. The work he did on farm labor, his opposition to prop 13 (though his failure to offer an alternative all but assured its passage), his efforts to curb lobbying in Sacramento, and his efforts to stoke technology and communications were all laudable, if not prescient.

      Sadly, you are correct about the Republican field. I think part of the problem comes from the intellectual stagnation of the right, a trend I want to help reverse with the Bull Moose.

      1. Thanks, David. Well spoken. I enjoy your blog.

        If Brown had put forth a simple proposal to address the problems that property taxes were causing, we might have been spared the disaster of Prop 13.

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