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Manhattan Moment: California experience shows obstacles to pension reform

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San Jose, Calif., Mayor Chuck Reed has had a tough go of it since unveiling his Pension Reform Act of 2014 in October. Reed wants to allow state and local governments to adjust pension benefits on a going-forward basis instead of only being able to make changes that apply to future employees. Under current law, mayors and managers can lay off employees, impose furloughs and reduce pay, but they...

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