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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..
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29 Aug 2009, 09:35
IMO C
Negate option C and the conclusion falls apart.
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29 Aug 2009, 12:25
Governor not wanting to reduce the benefit of the package - (Negation of option A) also causes the conclusion to fall apart, then why not A??
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30 Aug 2009, 00:36
Conclusion is: Thus, the governor’s veto power remains as the only possible obstacle to the new pension enhancement program for recently hired public school teachers.

So assumption is something on the lines of....Governor might veto the new enhancement plan.

A: The author never implies this, so can't be an assumption.
B: Nope, never implied or assumed.
C: Maybe, maybe not. The SC prohibits the legislature from reding any benefits, and it allows for improvments. This doesn't mean SC recommends it.
D: Looks good. Keep it for now.
E: Nope. This is never mentioned. So out of scope.

D is what we were looking for. So D it is, for me.
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30 Aug 2009, 12:33
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If Governor is the only individual to veto the program, we can asume the state wants it improved.
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30 Aug 2009, 16:11
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..

I think it should be C.
The paragraph states that the governor's veto power remains as the ONLY possible obstacle, hence it assumes that the legislature supports the new pension program.
I think it's not D because the statement says that the governor's veto power remains as the only POSSIBLE obstacle. It doesn't assume that the governor probably will.

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31 Aug 2009, 00:02
I go with C.
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31 Aug 2009, 08:36
I would go with C. "Possible obstacle" is the key phrase here. The author is not implying that the program will be vetoed. All he is saying is that the program "could" be vetoed by the governor. He is assuming that everything else is in favor of the program. That legislature is in favor of the program. If this were not the case then, the author would not say "ONLY possible obstacle".
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07 May 2010, 03:57
IMO D.

Veto means YES or NO. Conclusion says the veto is the only obstacle. This is also confirmed by negation test.

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..

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07 May 2010, 06:09
abhi758 wrote:

Since Governor's veto is the only possible obstacle

IMO A

though C is a good candidate for the same.

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..
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09 May 2010, 00:06
Option 'E' and 'C' are close. In 'E' its not clear state legislationpermits governer to reduce funding, it could be otherwise, wich is not clear in stimulus. hence 'C', which says governer is the only obstcle, means state legislation supports the new program.
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09 May 2010, 00:40
Conclucion contains a new info - the governor’s veto power.

So, our assumption should be based on this new info, a case of Supporter Assumption, to connect the premises and conclusion.

Whats the OA?
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09 May 2010, 04:41
IMO E. P1 - Constitutions bans X to reduce Y. Concl - Governor's veto power is only obstacle.
scope changes from what constitutions allow/disallow about Y to who can impact Y. so assumption should connect between Const. and Gov. E says that.

Negation - if Constituion does not allow Gov to veto ( to reduce the benefit package ) the conclusion really does not statnd.
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23 May 2010, 08:02
I went for E but after reading Vanilla's explanation, I am sure the answer is C.
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31 May 2010, 15:57
it is C

state prohibits the law-makers from reducing the benefit package.
state allows improvment of benefit package.
governer's veto power (prohibiting power) is the only obtsacle to new pension enhancement program (governer is the only one prohibiting the new pension enhancement program)...which means Legislature is supporting the new pension enhancement program (option C).

E is irrelevant.

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
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09 Jun 2010, 04:28
IMO B.
for the conclusion to hold true the new pension program should not be a part of the benefit package. Why are we talking about the legislature here?
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09 Jun 2010, 11:11

The way I got there was using one of my lessons learned from: kaplan-cr-pension-program-34270.html#p235493.

Lesson 1: An extreme conclusion requires an extreme premise or assumption. For example, if the conclusion claims something to be the best, then all others must be inferior.

The conclusion is stating the veto power is the ONLY way the program can be rejected. Therefore, the appropriate assumption is that ALL OTHER ways to reject the program are not applicable.

Looks like the OA is C: kaplan-cr-pension-program-34270.html#p235493
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20 Jun 2010, 14:46
Would go for E as negation of it will not even permit governor to use veto power and thus the "only discussed" words in arguement will not hold true, weakening the arguement.
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22 Jun 2010, 11:46
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