The independent Little Hoover Commission's report is drawing praise from the right and condemnation from the left. Its proposals include reducing future benefits for current employees, and looking at a hybrid pension/401k model. But at a joint Senate and Assembly hearing, the commission's executive director, Stuart Drown, didn't back down when questioned by Democrat Fiona Ma:
Ma: "I think there has been an
attack on public employees that are receiving pensions."
Drown: "Yeah, but not by this commission. We are trying to establish guidelines here and a system that's sustainable to protect public employee pensions."
Still, Drown conceded that some of the commission's proposals would be challenged in court - and might not survive. The recommendations could become a blueprint for Republicans looking for pension reforms in exchange for a budget vote.