• Public employee pensions are not excessive – they average $2,200 per month for retired career public servants.

  • Pensions don’t bankrupt governments – less than 3% of the State Budget is needed to pay pension benefits.

  • 79% of pensions are funded by employee contributions and investment returns, not the taxpayer.

  • Salaries for public employees are less than their private sector counterparts, underlining the importance of a secure pension plan.

News Articles

How State and Local Government Budgets will Be Affected by CalPERS’ Trimmed Investment Expectations
December 21, 2016 Los Angeles Times

CalPERS Moves to Slash Investment Forecast
December 20, 2016 Sacramento Bee

Brown Says Pension Reform Still On His Agenda, But Is It?
November 6, 2016 Sacramento Bee

Marin ‘Pension Spiking’ Appeal Draws National Attention
October 30, 2016 Marin Independent Journal

Jerry Brown Touted His Pension Reforms as a Game-Changer.  But They’ve Done Little to Rein in Costs
October 28, 2016 LA Times

Public Sector Pensions Under Attack – From the LA Times
October 17, 2016 Capital & Main

In Defense of the 800 Pound Gorilla of the Public Pension World
October 13, 2016 CityWatchLA 

California Court Opens Door to Changing Public Employee Pensions
August 22, 2016 Sacramento Bee

California Pension Investment Ticks Off State Engineers’ Union
May 10, 2016 Sacramento Bee

CalPERS Sets Higher Pension Contribution Rates
April 20, 2016 Sacramento Bee

Measure to Curb California Public Pensions is Pulled – For Now
January 18, 2016 Sacramento Bee

Retirement Liabilities Remain Despite State Budget Surplus
January 18, Associated Press

Five Key Things to Know about CalPERS Pensions
December 20, 2015 Sacramento Bee

Poll Shows Pension Ballot Measures Already in Trouble
December 15, 2015 Capital & Main

Another View: Instead of Demonizing Pensions, Focus on Secure Retirement Issues

December 12, 2015 Sacramento Bee

California Pension Initiative Backers Preparing New Measures
Sacramento Bee, 10/02/2015

Dave Low: Reed’s State Pension Reform Measure Would be Financial Disaster
Mercury News, 08/26/2015

Public Pension Shocker: Shutting a Pension Plan Actually Costs Taxpayers Money
Los Angeles Times, 08/21/2015

Count the Bad Ideas in California Pension Overhaul Proposal
Los Angeles Times, 08/15/2015

Harris Miscasts Measure
Sacramento Bee Opinion, 08/14/2015

California Pension Reform Backers Slam Kamala Harris’ Summary
Sacramento Bee, 08/11/2015

California Pension Funds Saw $100 Billion Gain in 2013-14
Sacramento Bee, 07/28/2015

Latest Measure from Pension Attackers threatens Middle Class
Sacramento Bee, 07/26/2015

Californians for Retirement Security

Californians for Retirement Security (CRS) is a coalition of more than 1.5 million Californians representing public employees and retirees, working to protect retirement security for California’s middle class.  Professional Engineers in California Government (PECG) is one of the founding members and is part of the Executive Committee.

CRS launched www.DontScapegoatUs.Org, aimed at legislators, a foundation funded by an out-of-state billionaire, the Little Hoover Commission, and others that are wrongly scapegoating public employees for California’s budget woes.

For facts about the assault on California public employee’s and retiree’s retirement security visit LetsTalkPensions.com.