Gov. Brown and the legislature made a deal with voters: In exchange for pension reform — reform that trimmed the excess compensation public employees received — voters would approve a tax increase.
Voters held up their end of the bargain.
Now public employee unions are trying to undo the reforms in court. Their victory would break the deal, sticking voters with higher taxes while they enjoy better compensation during a recession. It would undermine faith in state government and cross up Jerry Brown’s attempt to rectify California’s finances.
It’s wrong, it’s greedy and it’s bad citizenship.
Interestingly, state Attorney General did nothing to defend the reforms until elbowed by Brown. If that is because Kamala Harris’s political sympathies are with the unions, then she is too far to the left.
Meanwhile, down in San Diego, where voters overwhelmingly approved pension reform, the unions are … three guesses.