Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Jones: Long Overdue Step in the Right Direction

House Minority Leader Bradley H. Jones, Jr. released the following statement in response to the pension reform bill that was reported out of conference committee today.

This is a good first step in the right direction, albeit a long overdue first step. My caucus and I are pleased to see so many of our proposals and initiatives have been included in the final version of the bill including the removal of Section 10 pensions for elected officials who are not re-nominated or re-elected as well as the elimination of the wasteful one day, one year rule.

I am cautiously optimistic that the contents of this bill will go a long way in restoring the public’s trust in its elected officials. No one ever said creating and implementing meaningful reforms would be an easy job. It has been, and will continue to be a tough process and the Republican Caucus is eager to see its efforts come to fruition.