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Police Assn.: Calif. Governor's Pension Plan Is 'Wrong'

August 29, 2012  | 

A California association representing the state's officers said Gov. Jerry Brown's "wrong" pension reform plan announced Tuesday would impose "draconion cuts" on middle-class families.

In a statement, the Peace Officers Research Association of California (PORAC), which represents more than 64,000 public safety members and 910 associations, said it was disappointed in Brown's plan to impose severe public safety benefit reductions.

"We all feel the effects of an economy hit by the losses on Wall Street, and PORAC members aim to be part of the solution," said Lt. Ron Cottingham, PORAC president. "However, these mandates from the Governor are wrong."

The association said it hoped pension reform "would occur at the bargaining table." PORAC members have agreed to higher employee contribution formulas, new pension formulas for new hires, and foregoing pay raises.

Under terms of the plan, officers would be required to work until age 57 to receive their full pension payout. An officer could earn up to 2.7% of their annual salary for every year of public employment. The plan would also cap an officer's salary that could be used to calculate pensions at $130,000.

"The fact that the Governor expects public safety officers to work a beat until nearly 60 years old is wrong," Cottingham said. "These draconian cuts will hurt all Californians—public safety should be the first priority of government. PORAC believes if your family isn’t safe, nothing else matters."

Related:

Public Safety Unions Oppose Calif. Gov.'s 'Radical' Pension Plan

CHP Agrees to Pension Reduction for New Hires

Tags: Police Unions, Pensions, Retirement Benefits


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Nathaniel Ronald Burns Jr @ 8/30/2012 5:20 AM

A police officer should be able to retire after 15 years of service and then treated like a king the rest of their lives. This country treats LEO's like crap and it's time for the tables to turn. Prisoners get free food shelter and health care. Officers get a small pension and told to go to hell. This is wrong.

Jason Henderson @ 10/4/2012 8:34 AM

My uncle recently retired from the force in Norther California at the age of 60. He gets 50k a year from the pension. He sat around for a while when he first retired. Went on vacation. He tried to pick up a few hobbies, Like golfing to relax. But he decided after awhile to go to work for a private security company his old partner works for. Now he works 35 hours a week there. He gets $20 an hour.. My cousin (My uncles son) is a stock broker. Hes done very good for himself.. So its not like my uncle needs to work. I think he likes to. It helps keep him sharp. My grandfather worked until he was 70 years old. And he lived to be 90. I will have enough in my 401k to retire by 50.. But wheres the fun in that? Retirement sounds boring. I`ll keep working at the job i have until i`m 60-70, Or buy a couple small businesses to manage wile i`m in my later years. Why do people want to retire at 50-60? Sounds boring.

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