As part of a new weekly feature on the Politics Now blog, Tom Precious of The News' Albany Bureau will post an audio interview with a newsmaker or provide audio analysis from the Capitol.
Fran Turner, legislative and political action director for the Civil Service Employees Association, the state’s largest public employees union, talked with me this morning. Her comments came before her appearance on behalf of the union before a joint Senate and Assembly fiscal committee considering Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s 2012 budget proposal -– including a plan that includes a dramatic overhaul of a pension system for future state and local government employees.
The governor calls those workers the "unborn" who should not be worrying today about future public employees they don't even yet represent. The governor's plan increases pension costs for workers, lowers expenses for the state and localities and provides an option for future workers to join a defined contribution system, similar to a 401(k) program.