The public sector pension issue is not necessarily a partisan one. As I've written before, even though the Democratic Party in this state is a wholly owned subsidiary of the public-sector unions, the Republicans helped create the pension crisis by increasing pensions for police and firefighters. And now we see that Rhode Island, with an even more overwhelming Democratic majority than California, has promoted pension reform. Such reform is a non-starter here. This is from my weekend column: "Time magazine called Rhode Island 'The Little State That Could.' By contrast, California is 'The Big State That Can't.' Or maybe the right word is 'won't,' given that there is no real reason that California leaders can't adopt similar reforms if they had the desire to do so." The piece focused on a state Supreme Court decision declaring that non-vested benefits might actually be vested after all.
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