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Pennsylvania pension agency docks ‘ghost teachers’ credit

By   /  June 28, 2016  /  Education, News, Pennsylvania, Pensions  /  No Comments

BIG MONEY: Scores of Milwaukee public employees would cash in on million-dollar-plus pensions over their long retirement lives, according to estimates by Taxpayers United of America.

The Public School Employees’ Retirement System said those employees are not eligible to receive pension credits for the time they were not teaching kids.

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Mississippi’s pension crisis explained in four charts

By   /  June 24, 2016  /  Budget and Spending, Economy, Governor, Jobs + Growth, Mississippi, News, Pensions, State Budgets, State Government  /  No Comments

Funding level PERS graph

The reason why Mississippi’s pension crisis is one of the worst in the nation can be explained in four graphs.

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Mississippi pension system loses money on investments

By   /  June 23, 2016  /  Budget and Spending, Economy, Governor, Mississippi, News, Pensions, State Budgets, State Government  /  No Comments

Photo illustration by Steve Wilson

The Mississippi pension system is losing money on its investments so far this year, which could have serious consequences for the fund’s solvency.

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After Puerto Rico’s collapse, is your city or state next?

By   /  June 6, 2016  /  Connecticut, Hawaii, Illinois, Massachusetts, New Jersey, News, Pensions, State Budgets, State Government, Texas  /  No Comments

Puerto Rico

With short-term budget troubles and colossal long-term debt, Kentucky, Illinois, New Jersey, Massachusetts, and Connecticut, in particular, are much closer to the basket case economic condition of the Caribbean territory on the Mercatus fiscal health index than they are to states such as Texas, Missouri, Florida, or Nebraska, where budgets are balanced and public pension systems may yet be salvaged.

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Idaho citizens panel punts pension payoffs issue back to Legislature

By   /  June 3, 2016  /  Idaho, News, Pensions, State Government  /  No Comments

Photo: Reina Rodriguez/IdahoReporter.com

A citizens committee tasked with deciding legislator pay and benefits punted this week on finding a fix to a scheme that enriches lawmakers who take full-time state jobs. The six-member panel declined to take direct action, and voted to urge the Legislature to fix the system. The Catch-22: Many in the Legislature want the citizens panel […]

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Shumlin urges fossil fuel divestment as oil stocks rebound

By   /  April 20, 2016  /  Energy and Environment, News, Pensions, Vermont  /  No Comments

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Gov. Peter Shumlin is calling for divestment on the heels of another coal company bankruptcy, but oil and gas stocks are up sharply this year, and California’s reversal on tobacco divestment suggests that “selling low” might not be sound investment advice for state pensions.

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