May 18, 2024



Editorial: Biden freezes billions in funding to punish California for an old pension reform law

Los Angeles Times

To great fanfare this week, President Biden signed the $1.2-trillion infrastructure bill into law that includes, as he said, an “unprecedented” and “historic” investment in public transit.

But apparently not for California. Even as the president was taking a victory lap for getting the infrastructure spending package passed, his administration was preparing to block $12 billion in public transit funding for California. Why? The Department of Labor decided to withhold federal grant money on the faulty premise that the state’s 2013 pension reform law undermines workers’ collective bargaining rights.

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