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.

March 01, 2012

Dow 100,000, Sunshine Wishes, and Kicking the Can: The Makings of a New Minnesota Miracle

Observations and conclusions about the future of public pension policy from gloomy Eeyore types who aren't sure about a Dow Jones Industrial Average of 100,000 by 2037. March-April 2012.

November 01, 2011

The 8.5% Dilemma

The issues associated with reducing the rate of return Minnesota's public pension funds expect to return on their investments. November-December 2011.

May 02, 2011

A Critique of the State Retirement Plan Design Summary

From our May-June 2011 edition of Fiscal Focus.  In 2010 the state mandated a study examining the issue of converting Minnesota public defined benefit retirement plans to defined contribution plans. We thought several issues central to the debate were excluded or treated incompletely. …