California’s transit workers’ pensions would be left untouched under a plan submitted by Gov. Jerry Brown to temporarily exempt them from legislative reforms.

Brown’s plan was announced one day after the U.S. Department of Labor cut off $54 million in aid to the Sacramento transit system. The aid cut made good on a threat issued last month by Labor Secretary Thomas Perez to cut off $4.3 billion in transportation aid to the state over the next year if it went ahead with the pension changes. Perez contends the changes violate a 1964 federal law.

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