Reform PERS — even if it means changing the state Constitution

A letter from a Portland resident to The Oregonian regarding the PERS crisis in Oregon:

If it's necessary to change the state Constitution to get around the Oregon Supreme Court rulings, do it!

I understand the feeling and would support this position except for one major issue. If Oregon changed its constitution to modify PERS it could be declared unconstitutional by the U.S. Supreme Court. The Court has a fairly high standard that must be met in order for them to allow a breach of contract by the state. I don't think things are bad enough in Oregon to reach that standard yet.

Reagan Knopp