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Jerry Brown - Meg Whitman debate: What to do about public pensions

October 12, 2010 |  6:59 pm

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The next question is about public pensions.

Jerry Brown said: “We need a two-tier pension system,” with lower retirement benefits for future employees.

For current employees, he said: “They can contribute more to their pension.”

Meg Whitman went on the offensive saying: “It’s a little bit do as I say, not as I do,” criticizing Brown's record as mayor of Oakland.

She then took on pensions at the state’s universities: “The pensions have gotten so big for all the faculty and staff that it’s squeezing out the students.”

She said she supported 401(k)-style retirements for public rank-and-file employees.

-- Shane Goldmacher in San Rafael, Calif.

Photo: Jose Reyes, who works for the Department of General Services, rakes one of the flower beds outside the state Capitol. Credit: Rich Pedroncelli / Associated Press

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