Dems need more PERS reform


In case you missed it, the Senate Republican Office encourages you to read this op-ed
by The Oregonian Editorial Board

Oregon’s Republican legislators have made no secret of their desire for further reforms to the state’s public sector retirement system. Yet those in the Senate nixed a reform proposal pushed by Gov. John Kitzhaber late in this year’s session, and they haven’t exactly embraced the governor’s push for a PERS-reform special session in September. Are they nuts?

That wasn’t a rhetorical question, and the answer is “no.” They’re not nuts. In fact, the quid-pro-quo strategy Senate Republicans have adopted on PERS reform should be familiar to the majority party, which introduced the concept during the legislative session. The demands by both parties have nothing at all to do with PERS itself, of course, but the willingness of Republicans to force the issue now suggests that the minority party believes it has the upper hand, politically.

In this, Republicans could well be right. Democrats need additional PERS reform more than Republicans do for the simple reason that Democrats didn’t get the job done during the legislative session despite controlling both chambers and the governor’s office. Instead, the session produced only Senate Bill 822, which merely touches on the system’s underlying problems while saving only half the sum targeted earlier by the governor. The PERS board is poised to reduce the assumed earnings rate for the PERS fund to a more realistic level, eroding the long-term savings SB822 promised for cities, counties, school districts and other government agencies.

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  • thevillageidiot

    Until you remove the people “reforming” PERS from PERS nothing happens as the elected officials have a vested interest in NOT reforming PERS and this goes for ALL Parties. DUH!

  • joe

    Public Unions OWN the Democrat Party & unfortunately to many Oregonians will put the Democrat Party before anything that resembles good sense. We can’t even hire new teachers thanks to the greedy public unions!

    • Myke

      I am a ‘new’ teacher and can’t get full-time work. There are teaching jobs in every other state in the union, but this one issue keeps opportunity from Oregon. Shameful, how this state is run. When I do teach, I tell students what was told to me, “leave this state after graduation. Go find opportunity.”

      • .

        Grow back to you ruminations and flog on the attachment you adore.

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  • oregongrown

    Politicians play politics while (Rome) Oregon burns.

    I am so sick of the filthy politics in this state. I am so tired of the worthless legislative sessions where they applaud themselves for doing the bare minimum and can’t wait to get out of the session to print their little brochures that brag about their massive amount of nothing they got accomplished.

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