Decisive victories for ballot proposals cutting retirement benefits for government workers in two of the largest cities in the U.S. emboldened advocates seeking to curb pensions in state capitols and city halls across the nation.
The votes are all in for the California primary but many remained uncounted Wednesday, leaving some races still up in the air, notably the statewide question on whether to increase the tax on tobacco to fund cancer research.
Less than 24 hours after San Jose voters approved an overhaul of city employee pensions, unions representing police officers and firefighters filed suit.
Though there wasn’t any confusion amongst voters, officials said that might not be the case come November.
San Jose’s much-debated pension reform Measure B passed with 70 percent approval on Tuesday, marking a major victory for Mayor Chuck Reed, who has been watched nationally for his attempts to rein in retirement costs.
The measure would reduce the total number of years lawmakers can serve in the Legislature, but it would allow them to serve all 12 years in one house.
California’s statewide primary election was marked Tuesday by light turnout at polling sites and few problems for voters even as the state tested out some sweeping political reforms.
A measure on the June ballot in San Francisco would require the city’s waste collection services be put up for competitive bidding, but the proposal’s opponents claim it would create an unnecessary bureaucratic headache.
A bill to bump next year’s presidential primary in California from February to June and save the state about $100 million in election costs has passed the state Assembly.
California lawmakers were poised this week to consider a bill that would return California’s presidential primary to a later date – a move that could save the cash-strapped state millions of dollars.