Understanding the legal environment for pension policies can be confusing for both lawmakers and public workers, but illuminating legally permissible policy pathways to improve funding sustainability and ensure adequate retirement income security for states’ workforces is essential.

That’s why Equable Institute partnered with Columbia Law School’s Center for Public Research and Leadership to create infographics that map states’ pension governance. Each infographic contains information on relevant policy shifts for active employees and retirees of  states’ pension systems, and if there were any legal challenges against such policies. The goal of the infographics is to detail if there is a permissible legal environment for policy changes.

At present, there are 35 states’ pension laws mapped out. There will be more states added in the future, and this page will be updated to include links to each.