Louisiana Effort To Address Pension Crisis Struck Down in Court

Needs more votes, say the justices


The Louisiana Supreme Court on Friday struck down a controversial change made to the retirement system for new state workers, saying the legislation did not garner enough votes when it was originally passed in 2012. The ruling is the latest legal setback for Gov. Bobby Jindal, who backed the pension changes, after seeing his education overhaul struck down earlier this year.

During the 2012 legislative session, Jindal backed a change to the system for new state workers that would have shifted them from a traditional pension into a 401(k)-like, or "cash balance," retirement plan. While the plan was passed by a simple majority in both chambers, some lawmakers said the change required a two-thirds vote because it would result in an increase in cost to the state.