How San Jose Took on the Unions and Saved Millions Through Pension Reform

By Alexis Garcia, Reason

“If a government can’t provide the core basic services, it’s failed in it’s mission,” says Pete Constant, a former member of the San Jose City Council who advocated for sweeping pension reform. “Our city had been in many years of budget deficits and there were many more coming in the future. And I just thought the financial decisions had been terribly made.”

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Phoenix Ends Pension Spiking

Most state constitutions contain a little-used provision known as the “gift clause,” which prohibit certain public expenditures to private entities. Unfortunately, only the Goldwater Institute, located in Arizona, is effectively using the gift clause.