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America's Hidden Education Funding Cuts

A new report from Equable Institute examining the impact of growing teacher pension unfunded liabilities on state K-12 education budgets finds that the share of state education spending going to pension costs has nearly doubled from 7.5% in 2001 to 14.4% in 2018. The report is the first of its kind to quantify the effects of growing unfunded liabilities on the education system in detail.

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U.S. Public Pension Investment Losses Approaching $1 Trillion

The global rout of financial markets this year is putting pressure on state and local government pension funds in the U.S., many of which were […]
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Calm Amid the Chaos: Wisconsin’s Pension System and the 2008 Financial Crisis

Download The Case Study | Calm Amid the Chaos: Wisconsin’s Pension System and the 2008 Financial Crisis Between September and December of 2008, as investors […]
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Funded Status Updates for State and Local Pension Plans

The Center for State & Local Government Excellence, together with the Center for Retirement Research at Boston College, published a brief on the funded status […]
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Why Equable Institute Cares about Retirement Security

For America’s states and local governments to function properly and thrive — that is, to provide effective and efficient governance — the institutions within its […]
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Why COLAs Matter for Retirement Security

Everyone has their favorite moment of realizing the effects of inflation. Just five cents for a bottle of Coke? You’d be lucky to get that […]
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Pension Funds Lower Assumed Rates of Return as Economic Growth Slows

Investment returns make up more than 60 percent of the revenues that public pension plans need to ensure their financial stability, so it’s imperative that […]
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Why States Don’t Pay Their Pension Bills

One of the primary factors driving state and local unfunded pension liabilities is the failure of governments to always pay their pension bills, known as […]
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The 80% Pension Funding Standard Myth

An 80% funded ratio often has been cited in recent years as a basis for whether a pension plan is financially or “actuarially” sound. Left […]
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Look into the status of specific states.

How are states managing their pension and retirement promises? Or how much employees have to contribute toward their pension and retirement benefits? Select a state to see a snapshot of your state's retirement system.