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The State Constitution bans the Legislature from reducing the benefit package of state and local workers during their employment, but it does not allow improvement of the package. Thus, the governer'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 governer wants to reduce the benefit package
B) The new pension program is not part of the benefit packge
C) The legistature supports the new pension program
D) The governer will probably veto the new pension program
E) The State Constituion permits the governer to reduce the benefit package of employees during their employment.
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18 Aug 2005, 20:31
D seems right.
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18 Aug 2005, 20:32
Confusing between B and C

Looks C to me...
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18 Aug 2005, 20:59
D should be ok. veto itself is nothing unless it is used. so D is assumed.
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19 Aug 2005, 01:00
IMO D does not clearly state whether the veto will approve the enhancement or not.

Because of the statement "the governor's veto power remains as the only possible obstacle...." i will pick A.
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19 Aug 2005, 02:03
one more D
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19 Aug 2005, 02:54
A) The governer wants to reduce the benefit package
This is out. WE do not care about the intentions of the gov.

B) The new pension program is not part of the benefit packge
out-of-scope. we do not care if it is or if it is not

C) The legistature supports the new pension program
'Best' Answer, IMO. My choice.

D) The governer will probably veto the new pension program
An outcome we are not interested in. Out

E) The State Constituion permits the governer to reduce the benefit package of employees during their employment.

The gov. can reducee the benefit package, but we do not know if he is allowed to increase it. insufficient info. to support the conclsn.
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19 Aug 2005, 04:22
I will go with C
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19 Aug 2005, 05:12
IMO it is E.

D can be rejected because it is similar in sense to A.
B is rejected because from the statement the package clearly includes the new pension program
C is out of scope, since legislature has no say, they cannot add or remove anything to the package
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19 Aug 2005, 06:45
another vote for C.
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21 Aug 2005, 07:15
between A and D

A is too strong - even though it is only a possiblity

D is rephrasing the governor's possible veto

C is not correct because the paragraph only describes the law, does not
indicate clearly the intention of the Legislature.
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21 Aug 2005, 13:05
Is there a typo in the question? ("not" in the second line)
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21 Aug 2005, 14:09
No there isnt a typo. I verified the question again. The OA is C.
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21 Aug 2005, 19:29
Looked at the question again, agree it should be C

Earlier I chose D because

[q]The State Constitution bans the Legislature from reducing the benefit package of state and local workers during their employment, but it does not allow improvement of the package. [/q]

I did not realize there were two programs, the old which the legislature cannot do much about (reduce or enhance), and the new one.
The author indicated the only obstacle being possible governor veto - implying the Legislature is for the new plan.
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23 Aug 2005, 10:02
I will go with C.

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27 Aug 2005, 09:10
people who have chosen C, can they support it with reasoning?

So isn't C a part of the benefit package?
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27 Aug 2005, 22:36
Premise:
1) The State Constitution bans the Legislature from reducing the benefit package of state and local workers during their employment

2) It does not allow improvement of the package

Conclusion:

3) governer's veto power remains as the only possible obstacle to the new pension enhancement program for recently hired public school teachers.

I'll go with E. The author assumes that the state constitution permits the governer to have the power to reduce the benefit package, and so stated that the governor is the only obstacle to the new program.
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28 Aug 2005, 06:06
gmataquaguy wrote:
The State Constitution bans the Legislature from reducing the benefit package of state and local workers during their employment, but it does not allow improvement of the package. Thus, the governer'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 governer wants to reduce the benefit package
B) The new pension program is not part of the benefit packge
C) The legistature supports the new pension program
D) The governer will probably veto the new pension program
E) The State Constituion permits the governer to reduce the benefit package of employees during their employment.

The question stems states that both......reducing and enhancing is not allowed.....That doesn't sound right at all.

gmataquaguy, could you verify that please?
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Re: CR: State Constitution   [#permalink] 28 Aug 2005, 06:06
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