PolitiCal
On politics in the Golden State
September 27, 2012 | 12:00 pm

Many California voters say the changes in the state pension system that Gov. Jerry Brown recently signed into law are enough, for now, to curb public employee retirement benefits, according to a new USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times poll Many California voters say the changes in the state pension system that Gov. Jerry Brown recently signed into law are enough, for now, to curb public employee retirement benefits, according to a new USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times poll.

But those surveyed were divided on whether further action is needed.

Brown pushed a series of changes through the Legislature that raise the retirement age and cap pensions for new employees, among other adjustments. The changes drew criticism from labor unions, who said the plan went too far and harmed workers’ retirement security, and conservative activists, who said more needed to be done to save the state money and stabilize the public pension systems.

When told of the plan, 31% of respondents said it struck an appropriate balance, while 30% said it did not go far enough. Twenty percent of those surveyed said the changes went too far in cutting public retirement benefits.

After hearing arguments from both sides, 45% of respondents called the new rules a good first step, while 39% said more needs to be done.

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