California Survey: Public Says Reform, Don’t Destroy Pensions

Majority of Bay Area voters say retirement age should be raised By: Gerry Shih  – The Bay Citizen – Wednesday, June 15, 2011 A new poll finds the Bay Area relatively sympathetic to public-sector unions that are fighting to protect their benefits. The public’s appetite for pension reform will be closely watched in the run-up to the November elections in places like San Francisco, where the two competing initiatives to roll back city pensions have dominated the discourse in local politics. The survey, released Wednesday by the University of San Francisco’s Leo T. McCarthy Center for Public Service and Common Good, shows that 38 percent of Bay Area voters believe that public pensions are  ”too generous,” while 40 percent believe the benefits are “about right” and 20 percent believe they are “not generous enough.” [More: ]

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California Survey: Public Says Reform, Don’t Destroy Pensions

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