To Stopthecrap: Before you get so angry you should know the facts about state workers. What you suggest has already been done. Employees hired in the last several years don't get defined benefit pensions, they only get 401Ks that they can contribute to. A few years ago employees with a certain amount of seniority were given the choice of keeping their pension or taking a lump sum and putting it into a 401K. Those who did so won't be getting a pension. (Many people took that option and when the market crashed they lost much of their retirement money.) Under this current proposal, state employees with enough seniority would get a small increase in their pension if they retire immediately. This has the effect of getting rid of all those older employees with lots of seniority who make more money than new employees. That should make you happy, not angry.