Posts tagged "state"

Just The Facts: A Primer on Illinois Pensions

Over the last few years we have all been engaged in an effort to find a sensible, workable solution to Illinois’ pension crisis. Simply put, the current pension system is unsustainable and poses the threat of overwhelming the state’s budget if left unaddressed. More immediately, the state’s broader budget issues cannot be resolved until the... Read more »

Illinois' Governor Quinn Unveils Pension Reform Proposal

Last week, Governor Pat Quinn offered the outlines of a pension reform proposal that is an important first step in addressing Illinois’ massively underfunded public pension system. The plan calls for a 3% hike in employee contributions, phasing in an increase in the retirement age to 67, reducing cost of living adjustments, and shifting some... Read more »

The Solution is Pension Reform. Let's Work Together to Save Our State.

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Illinois has a major problem on its hands — and, it’s not going away. It’s Illinois’ pension problem. And, it impacts us all. Whether you are a hard-working teacher, employee of the State, a taxpayer or a family trying to make ends meet, everyone in Illinois is affected. Watch here to learn more. How serious... Read more »

The Revenue Demands of Public Employee Pension Promises

An often-stated goal of public employee pension systems is to achieve fully funded pension systems in 30 years. In a newly released paper with Robert Novy-Marx, covered in a New York Times article, we calculate the increase in contributions that will need to be devoted to these funds on an annual basis to achieve this goal, starting with... Read more »

A Message from CPS teacher, Nate: Save my classroom

My name is Nate, and I’m a teacher in a Chicago Public School. I love my job. No matter how long or hard I have to work, it’s always worth it to see my students learn and grow. But our massive pension debt — more than $100 billion and rising — is sucking money away... Read more »

Worse than California

Think California is having economic problems? Moody’s just announced that we have the second-worst credit rating of any state in the country, just behind California. But it’s worse for us because we have a problem that they don’t have — a pension crisis that’s only getting more dangerous. We’re ranked dead last in the country... Read more »

It's time to act

You know what’s at stake — now we need to get to work. We’re just weeks away from a potentially historic vote on pension reform legislation that could save our state from financial disaster. I am writing, from one Illinoisan to another, to ask for your help in sending a powerful message to our leaders... Read more »

The Burden of Retiree Health Care Costs

Retirement-related programs for Illinois’ public employees have more than $140 BILLION in unfunded obligations and debt, which are growing every year.   The three retiree health care plans for state workers, downstate teachers and community college workers account for $44 BILLION of those unfunded obligations.    100% PREMIUM SUBSIDY   Government workers who participate in... Read more »

Consider this before you vote Nov. 2

Illinois Is Broke – and public employee retirement programs are at the root of the problem. Unfunded retiree-related obligations for public employees and retirees in State pension plans now total over $130 Billion – more than $25,000 per Illinois household. The funding requirements for these programs are growing – totaling Billions of dollars each year... Read more »

Public pensions creating millionaires - and we pay for it

Illinois and its public employee pension plans owe $80 Billion in unfunded pension liabilities and another $13 Billion in outstanding pension debt – not to mention another $40 Billion in unfunded retiree health care liability.  Total:  over $130 BILLION.  And growing… With enough years of service, Illinois State workers can retire at age 55 with... Read more »