Pension / Legacy Costs

Since 2006, we've been tracking trends and policy developments pertaining to state and local pension plan health and pension reform.  All our greatest hits are here.  Be sure to take a look at our reader-friendly guide Fixing Minnesota's Public Pensions: What Every Citizen Should Know, which uses an easy-to-follow "question and answer" format to educate all Minnesotans on the controversial issues and questions surrounding the sustainability of our state and local pension plans.

July 25, 2016

Pension Politics in 2017 Just Got a Lot More Interesting

Thanks to the Governor’s veto of the 2016 pension bill and further deterioration of fund health, the table is set for some very complicated and controversial pension politics in 2017.

June 06, 2016

Underfunded Pensions and Underfunded Infrastructure: A Match Made in Heaven?

Direct public pension fund investment in public infrastructure is gaining traction but requires a fundamental rethinking of how we conceptualize and manage public assets.

December 07, 2015

Reasonable, Supportable, and Irresponsible

Recent Pension Commission hearings on plan assumptions demonstrate again that keeping contribution requirements in check takes priority over fiscal responsibility.