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August 21, 2018: NCPERS News Clips
Posted On: Aug 21, 2018

News Clips for August 21, 2018


National News

Public Pensions And Public Trust
     What should states be doing with respect to retirement benefits for their workers?  Is it just a political debate, like everything else?  Red vs. blue, left vs. right? 

Have Public Employee Pensions Become More Generous, or Less?
     There's a debate going on about public employee pensions. One study finds that government pensions have become more generous over the years. But a prominent academic replies that public sector retirement benefits have remained steady in generosity and taxpayer costs have actually fallen because public employees are paying more for their pensions.

State News

California's New Retirement Plan Selects State Street to Manage Its Investments
     CalSavers is one of a growing number of state-run retirement programs creating a new pool of clients for defined contribution providers.

State senate candidate: restructure pensions with 'shared risk'
     (Connecticut) According to the article, Bergstein's plan would have the government guaranteeing only to pay a "base" level of benefits and then "ancillary" benefits if circumstances allow, instead of promising "full, generous" pensions.

Illinois Secure Choice Retirement Savings Program No Longer Mandatory?
     The future of the Illinois Secure Choice Savings Program Act (Secure Choice) is uncertain following Governor Bruce Rauner's amendatory veto that could make employer participation in the Secure Choice program optional.

State treasurer and GOP challenger cite priority projects
     (Iowa) Fitzgerald says if he's re-elected, he'll continue lobbying Iowa legislators to create a state-managed retirement savings plan like the College Savings Iowa program.

Bevin defends pension law in hard-hitting speech
     Republican Gov. Matt Bevin warned Wednesday that Kentucky's counties will be "screwed" financially if the state's Supreme Court invalidates a new pension law, saying that unchecked increases in pension obligations will "hammer the blazes out of your budgets."

New Mexico ERB considers pension fund changes
     The New Mexico Educational Retirement Board is once again contemplating changes to its state pension fund that could affect current and future state educational retirees, including those at The University of New Mexico, as well as prospective new employees, as it continues to struggle in an effort to gain solid financial footing.


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