BY DUANE W. GANG
STAFF WRITER
dgang@pe.com

Published: 31 December 2011 05:04 PM

Changes in public employee retirement were a hot-button issue in 2011 and will likely continue this year as a dominant policy debate at the state and local levels.

Gov. Jerry Brown late last year proposed a 12-point pension overhaul plan that includes increased retirement ages and employee contributions. He has been trying to rally support among skeptical majority Democrats in the Legislature.

In addition, a group called California Pension Reform is pushing proposed ballot initiatives seeking more sweeping changes to public employee retirements.

At the same time, local governments throughout the Inland region also are seeking changes in the pension plans for current and future employees.

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