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CalPERS loses $69 billion in biggest market losses since Great Recession

Although CalPERS' CEO Marcia Frost and CalSTRS spokesperson Vanessa Garcia are downplaying the effect that the recent market collapse will have on their funding capabilities, this one paragraph from the article explains why their optimistic views are unsubstantiated:

"The CalPERS Board of Administration lacks authority to change public workers’ benefits, and California’s constitution protects the benefits. A set of legal precedents known as the California Rule prevents reductions to public pensions without offsetting benefits."

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If only they did have that authority. Instead, they will look - as always - to local governments to raise taxes and cut services in order to cover the funding. We have recently witnessed that taxpayers are finally saying 'no' to new and extended taxes. What then?

Hopefully this current crisis will lead to a statewide discussion on The California Rule and the critical need to reform the public retiree system -- for the benefit of all.