LOS ANGELES (CBS/AP) — Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa called on lawmakers Wednesday to approve an across-the-board freeze in retirees’ health care benefits to offset a projected $350 million deficit in the coming fiscal year.

The mayor’s plan mirrors a similar measure criticized by Democratic lawmakers in Sacramento that calls for California to freeze pension benefits for current state and local government workers.

KNX 1070’s Bill Cooper reports Villaraigosa also wants the city’s fire and police pension board to reject a proposed 7 percent increase in retiree benefits.

Stuart Drown, executive director of the Little Hoover Commission, told a legislative hearing Wednesday that California’s public pension systems face soaring liabilities as baby boomers retire and live longer.

The commission, which made its recommendations for reform in a report last week, said obligations to retirees will become unsustainable in the future.

Democrats control both legislative houses and generally support public employee unions. They say the commission’s proposal to cut existing workers’ benefits faces such legal hurdles that it likely is not worth pursuing.

Democratic Sen. Alex Padilla of Los Angeles chided commissioners for presenting a solution that “raises legal and constitutional red flags.”

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Comments (12)
  1. swhitS says:

    Going after taxpayers……. while we pay 10.5 billion to illegals!
    Let’s kick this guy out of office now!!!

  2. omg says:

    Not to mention his lavious trips for him and his friends to other countries for no apparent reason

  3. publicemployeescapegoat says:

    I have heard a lot of talk about cutting back on pensions and pay, but nothing about entitlements.. Its irks me that they threaten to take a working persons pay away, but will not even entertain the idea of cracking down on welfare and other similar programs that are abused.

    1. Jon says:

      Public employee’s are the true Welfare recipions they get taxpayer checks and benefits all the while crying and complaining when they don’t have to work for there money and retire at age 50…..

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  4. Doug says:

    This is what happens when you repeatedly elect liars to public office. They continue to make promises they can’t possibly keep just to get elected, hoping everything won’t blow up until after they’re gone. They can’t promise everything to everyone forever without planning how to pay for it. Especially when they’ve driven tax paying businesses out of the state by making it impossible for them to do business here. Now all the folks who kept voting for handouts will get nothing. Unfortunately, so will the people who actually earned their benefits.

  5. fish wrap says:

    What does he propose we do to the illegal immigrants. Are we freezing their welfare payments and wic coupons

  6. lurker says:

    Isn’t his cousin the speaker of the State Assembly?

  7. Jon says:

    WA,WA,WA, Now they want to take away my taxpayer cell phone TOO!!!! what ever will we do?

  8. Jamaican josh says:

    This man is disgusting! He’s all about himself and his precious Hispanic votes. Soon LA is going to be just like TJ in the sense of cartel wars, and I bet villar is going to collect from their bribes! aclu and villar need to get out of this city! And take all his illegals with him!

  9. Mary says:

    I am hispanic, and I dislike this man. I lost respect for him the day his “affair” was announced. In my personnel opinion, he should make no decisions for L.A County. I am still embarrassed for him. I wish these politician’s would come to understand that women are using them for their own monetary gain. Politicians are throwing everything away for a 1 week affair, especially their self respect.

  10. Saber 1 says:

    Typical spic. Take awy from the people who built this city and give to the illegal aliens. I guess he is trying to secure votes. What an idiot, no ethics or class. He won the election again because of the illegal aliens.

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