Brown's pension deal to have big local impact

After spending a day digesting the details of Gov. Jerry Brown's complex pension deal pending in the Legislature, local officials say it would impact not only future local public employees but thousands of current workers, too.

By enacting "anti-spiking" provisions for existing workers, requiring employees to pay half the cost of their pensions and shifting the landscape for labor negotiations, it is becoming clear that the governor's plan goes beyond state employees and would have wide-ranging implications for local governments.

Future employees would face caps on pensions and less generous pension formulas.

The deal with Democrats in the Legislature could become law by the end of the week and for some, those changes are welcomed.

"It certainly seems to give us more flexibility," Sonoma County Supervisor David Rabbitt said Wednesday after a day of meetings with county staff on the subject. "How we use that flexibility to make sure we come out on a sustainable path is yet to be determined."

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