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Skelton: California lawmakers need to act on pensions

June 21, 2012 |  7:00 am

San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed

Skelton hedVoters have trimmed public employee pensions in San Jose and San Diego, but lawmakers in Sacramento haven't acted yet.

George Skelton writes in his Thursday column that Democrats should move quickly if they understand the way the political winds are blowing.

He notes that pension changes and the push for higher taxes are joined at the hip.

"Virtually no one in the Capitol believes that voters will approve a state tax increase unless the Legislature and governor have enacted serious pension reform," Skelton writes. "And to delay the reform until late August would merely provide the anti-tax crowd an additional two months to shout that Sacramento just doesn’t get it."

You can find Skelton's latest column here.

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Photo: San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed, a Democrat, helped roll back pension benefits in his city. Credit: Paul Sakuma / Associated Press

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