Governor Cuomo’s office sent an e-mail to supporters today pitching one of his top priorities for 2012–pension reform.
“We also have to focus on reforming the public pension system — one of the most expensive mandates for local governments. Pension costs are growing at an unsustainable rate, projected to increase 185% from 2009 to 2015,” the email said.
The missive from the governor’s office, which was unsigned, includes links to detailed versions of the governor’s pension reform plan and stressed the idea his proposal will not affect contracts signed by the current crop of public employees:
“The Governor’s pension reform plan is fair to employees and taxpayers, and no current employees will be affected by it.”
Governor Cuomo has made an aggressive push for pension reform since his State of the State address last month. Though recent polls show 69 percent of voters support the governor’s call for pension reform, the proposal faces opposition from some Albany lawmakers and influential labor unions.
Read the full e-mail from the governor’s office below:
Subject: Lower cost of government
Dear Fellow New Yorkers,
Governor Cuomo understands that our state’s high property taxes are driving people from their homes and businesses. That is why he made lowering property taxes a top priority and, last year, he led the successful fight to enact the first-ever property tax cap in the state.
We now need to relieve local governments of burdensome state laws that drive up their costs. That’s why the Governor is proposing sweeping reforms to lower the cost of government by removing state-imposed mandates.
Among the proposals is relieving counties and NYC from the costs of Medicaid growth. The Governor has proposed a state takeover of the costs of Medicaid growth over the next three years. This would save local governments $1.2 billion over the next five years.
We also have to focus on reforming the public pension system — one of the most expensive mandates for local governments. Pension costs are growing at an unsustainable rate, projected to increase 185% from 2009 to 2015.
We must act now to control growth. That’s why the Governor has called for changes in the public pension system for new employees. This would save local governments $79 billion over the next 30 years.
The Governor’s pension reform plan is fair to employees and taxpayers, and no current employees will be affected by it.
To engage the public in discussion about further changes to lower government costs, a joint Legislative Executive Mandate Relief Council has been established and begun meeting. It will hold public hearings around the state and then issue a package of recommendations to be voted on this legislative session.
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