State Net Capitol Journal: Courts Reject Ambitious Pension Reforms

A pair of district courts have ruled that recent public pension reforms in Arizona and New Hampshire boosting the share current workers must contribute toward their retirement are unconstitutional. The courts ruled that both states broke their contracts with public employees because the contracts guarantee...

State Net Capitol Journal: Pension Reform Hottest Hot Issue in Statehouses This Year

Legislation pertaining to pensions has been introduced this year in every state but six - Arkansas, Montana, Nevada, North Dakota, Texas and Wisconsin - according to data compiled by State Net. And although pension measures have failed in 32 states, they've been enacted in 33. Pension bills are also...

State Net Capitol Journal: Will pension reform save California cities from themselves?

California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) made public employee pension reform a benchmark of his 2012 agenda. For most of this year, however, his Democratic colleagues met his call with a pronounced lack of enthusiasm. But with the session winding down to its final minutes, lawmakers last week endorsed a plan...