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Re: Pension Enhancement Program [#permalink] New post 02 Jul 2010, 02:35
I can bet it's B as bibha has pointed out - the new pension prog mustn't be a part of the benefit package because if it is then there is no question of state legislature not agreeing to it because the State Constitution does not allow otherwise. Only when it is not a part of the benefits is there a possiblity of it being shot down.
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Re: The State Constitution bans the legislature from reducing [#permalink] New post 07 Jan 2013, 21:41
Answer (C) is the correct choice. Legislature support means it is not the obstacle for the pension program. That leaves governor as probable obstacle for the pension program.
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Re: The State Constitution bans the legislature from reducing [#permalink] New post 07 Jan 2013, 22:27
abhi758 wrote:
The State Constitution bans the legislature from reducing the benefit package of the state and local workers during their employment, but it does allow improvement of the package. Thus, the governor’s veto power remains as the only possible obstacle to the new pension enhancement program for recently hired public school teachers.

The author of the argument is assuming which of the following?

(A) The governor wants to reduce the benefit of the package
(B) The new pension program is not part of the benefit package
(C) The legislature supports the new pension program
(D) The governor will probably veto the new pension program
(E) The State Constitution permits the governor to reduce the benefit package of employees during their employment

Kindly justify the option you choose.. OA will be posted shortly..


When an assumption is needed there is something that doesn't logically follow from the argument. But to make the argument valid something has to be considered true or in other words we make an assumption

The clue to answering this question is in the words "remains as the only possible obstacle". It is something that doesn't follow from the argument but it has to be consistent with the argument. So you include the assumption which in this case is given by choice C. Only when the author assumes that the legislature supports the program can he say that the only possible obstacle to the program is the governor's veto power.
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Re: The State Constitution bans the legislature from reducing [#permalink] New post 09 Jan 2013, 00:45
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The State Constitution bans the legislature from reducing the benefit package of the state and local workers during their employment, but it does allow improvement of the package. Thus, the governor’s veto power remains as the only possible obstacle to the new pension enhancement program for recently hired public school teachers.

The author of the argument is assuming which of the following?

(A) The governor wants to reduce the benefit of the package
(B) The new pension program is not part of the benefit package
(C) The legislature supports the new pension program
(D) The governor will probably veto the new pension program
(E) The State Constitution permits the governor to reduce the benefit package of employees during their employment

Kindly justify the option you choose.. OA will be posted shortly..


Hi,

Let's first understand the passage:

Information not relevant to the argument: legislature can't reduce the benefit package of the state and local workers during their employment
Premise: Legislature can improve the package of the state and local workers during their employment
Conclusion: the governor’s veto power remains as the only possible obstacle to the new pension enhancement program for recently hired public school teachers.

So, legislature can improve the package of the workers. This also means they can chose not to improve the package.

Now, governor's veto is the only obstacle to pension enhancement -> there are no other obstacles -> legislature is no more an obstacle -> legislature has already passed or supports the pension enhancement.

This is what is given by option C.

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Re: The State Constitution bans the legislature from reducing [#permalink] New post 09 Jan 2013, 03:46
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The State Constitution bans the legislature from reducing the benefit package of the state and local workers during their employment, but it does allow improvement of the package. Thus, the governor’s veto power remains as the only possible obstacle to the new pension enhancement program for recently hired public school teachers.

The author of the argument is assuming which of the following?

(A) The governor wants to reduce the benefit of the package
Wrong Out of scope since we talk about an improvement of the benefits.
(B) The new pension program is not part of the benefit package
Wrong The author assumes that the package is part of the benefit package. Otherwise the first sentence would make no sense.
(C) The legislature supports the new pension program
Correct If the legislature would not support the programm it would the other obstacle besides the possible veto of the governor. The latter would thus not be the ONLY obstacle.
(D) The governor will probably veto the new pension program
Wrong There has to be the possibility that the govenor vetos the upgrade. "Possible" inferes a liklehood which is irellevant. Further there could be other obstacles, like the rest of the legislature.
(E) The State Constitution permits the governor to reduce the benefit package of employees during their employment
Wrong Out of scope since we are talking about an enhancement and not an reduction of benefits.
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