The California Supreme Court is set to decide whether to loosen the state's decades-old rule barring state and local governments from reducing public pension benefits. Under review is a 2016 appellate court decision that concluded a retirement benefit is not an "immutable entitlement" and allowed Marin County to cut employees' expected pensions. A second pending case covering public employees in Contra Costa, Alameda and Merced counties raises similar issues. Legal experts expect the court to issue a consolidated ruling on both cases sometime this year. We discuss the potential impacts of these cases on public employees in California and nationally.
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