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The Horror, Horror of UC Pension Reform

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    There's hell. And then there's pension reform hell.

    This observation is based on the news that the University of California's pension plan faces a $20 billion shortfall. So the administration at UC is offering some bitter, bitter medicine.

    Consider: Raising the employee contribution to pensions from 2 percent to 5 percent of each paycheck. The UC itself would increase its own contribution from 4 percent to 10 percent.

    I know. I know. An outrage. And that's not even the worst part.

    While the current system allows employees to retire and receive a pension at age 50, under the recommendations new UC employees would not be able to retire and receive a pension until they reach the highly advanced age of 55.

    I don't know why anyone would take this sort of thing lying down. To the barricades!