March 27, 2017

California Stories

Pension Crisis Too Big for Markets to Ignore (Bloomberg)

OPINION: Don’t let the perfect be the enemy of the good in retirement income offerings to UC workers (OC Register)

National Stories

Why Pew Is Working To Strengthen Public Pension Systems (Huffington Post)

Rauner vetoes bill to shore up Chicago municipal workers pensions (Chicago Sun Times)

PERS: Lawmakers consider public pension reform bills (The Oregonian)

State workers, police and firefighter pensions lose in Senate GOP budget (The Olympian)

State pensions: An embarrassing mess that must be fixed (Sun Gazette (Penn.)

March 24, 2017

California Stories

Guest Commentary: Higher taxes, lower returns — time to bite the bullet (San Diego Union Tribune)

Calif. Judges Not Owed Millions in Back Pay, State Says (The Recorder)

Lodi Unified also plagued by rising pension costs (Lodi News-Sentinel)

Aided by economy, tax, Ventura ready to boost services (Ventura County Star)

The business of government (Sonoma Valley Sun)

National Stories

Opponents of pension fund bill worry it could sock N.J. taxpayers (

Public-employee pensions scrutinized (The Huntsville (Tex.) Item)

March 22, 2017

California Stories

Report Raises Disagreement Over Pension Funding (Bond Buyer)

Sacramento considers bonuses for police employees to discourage them from leaving (Sacramento Bee)

Pension problems: Low funds worry experts (Kern Golden Empire)

Editorial: California should not punish companies building Trump’s wall (San Diego Union Tribune)

California shouldn’t invest in companies that build President Trump’s border wall, lawmakers say (LA Times)

California Threatens to Divest From Companies That Help Build Trump Wall (Bloomberg)

National Stories

How to Protect Yourself from the Looming Pension Crisis (Value Walk)

N.J. voters would raise taxes on the rich to fund public worker pensions, poll finds (

Three Connecticut pension funds report returns above 13 percent (Westfair Communications)

Houston pension bill moves ahead, despite flaws (Texas Watchdog)

More phony pension bills (Times-Tribune (Wash.)

March 20, 2017

California Stories

Their pensions were cut by CalPERS. Now these San Gabriel Valley retirees worry about losing their homes. (San Gabriel Valley Tribune)

Editorial: Pension relief must start now (Ventura County Star)

UC paper argues full pension funding not needed (Calpensions)

Op-ed: CalPERS disaster affects state taxpayers (Fairfield Daily Republic)

Dick Spotswood: Marin Municipal Water District needs to detail pension costs (Marin Indepndent Journal)

Editorial: Costa Mesa must mind its pensions (OC Register)

Port Hueneme prepared for pensions (Ventura County Star)

National Stories

Public Pension Funding: A Matter of Perspective?

March 16, 2017

California Stories

CalPERS cuts LA Works pensions: Who’s at fault? (Calpensions)

Faced with deep cuts to their pensions, these California retirees are asking CalPERS for help (Sacramento Bee)

Grudgingly, CalPERS cuts pensions for 200 workers of defunct LA agency (Sacramento Bee)

Why CalPERS is pouring millions into a Southern California water deal (Sacramento Bee)

Calpers Slashes Pensions for Retirees of Defunct Agency (Bloomberg)

CalPERS cuts pension benefits for East San Gabriel Valley Human Services (Institutional Investor)

CA Public Sector Pensions Higher Than Private Sector Salaries (The American Interest)

National Stories

Pension fund may soon be turned over to police, firefighters (


Wisconsin public employee pensions to rise at least 2 percent (Wisconsin State Journal)

Kansas lawmakers advance budget plan to avoid school cuts (AP)

Unions back bill to curb ‘double-dipping’ (Seacoast Online)

Public Pensions and the Assets That Could Sustain Them (Governing)

March 15, 2017

California Stories

Op-ed: Don’t hurt workers with pension crisis scare (Sacramento Bee)

A Progressive Take on Public Pensions (Fox & Hounds)

California’s Pension Crisis Has Arrived (The American Interest)

My Word: Why are we crippling our kids with our retirement? (East Bay Times)

Pensions Pinch City Pocketbook (Laguna Beach Independent)

State’s retired public workers earn 26% more than private-sector workers still on the job (OC Breeze)

National Stories

$3.5 Trillion Taxpayer Liability Housed Inside A Cave – Let The Sun Shine On Federal Pensions (Forbes)

March 14, 2017

California Stories

Op-ed: Don’t hurt workers with pension crisis scare (Sacramento Bee)

Fresno County refinanced pension bonds to cut payments. It could cost them dearly (Fresno Bee)

State’s retired public workers earn 26% more than private-sector workers still on the job (OC Breeze)

Walnut Creek: City facing steep hike in pension costs (East Bay Times)

Pasadena’s Budget Dilemma: How We Got Here (Pasadena Now)

National Stories

How We Got Out of a 401(k) and Into a Real Pension (Truthout)

March 10, 2017

California Stories

Chiang, others speak in support of Secure Choice retirement program (Pasadena Star News)

A Modest Proposal for California from a Public Servant (Fox & Hounds)

Pension law tackles Ventura County weakness (Ventura County Star)

Pension costs soar for Ventura County cities (Ventura County Star)

Four cities tackle growing pension costs (Ventura County Star)

Ex-CHP chief snared in son’s escape from rape trial seeks disability pension (Sacramento Bee)

National Stories

Chicago Gets Worst Pension Rating Among 15 Largest Cities (AP)

We need a public sector pension overhaul (column) (York (Penn.) Daily Record)

March 9, 2017

California Stories

Editorial: Will the Senate sacrifice a savings plan for low-income workers on the altar of Wall Street? (LA Times)

Costa Mesa council OKs pay raises and lower pension contributions for city employees (OC Register)

Approved Costa Mesa employee contract includes higher pay and lower pension contributions (Daily Pilot)

Palm Springs retiree healthcare costs exceed all the other desert cities combined (The Desert Sun)

San Diego County and its biggest union clash in contract talks (San Diego Union Tribune)

National Stories

Pension funds to SCOTUS: Save our class action opt-out rights (Reuters)

DN editorial: Council has a pension-reform plan – if only we could see it (Philadelphia Inquirer)

In Puerto Rico, Teachers’ Pension Fund Works Like a Ponzi Scheme (NY Times)

Mayor’s working group to study Providence pensions rarely meets (WPRI)

March 8, 2017

California Stories

Editorial: Why California cities and counties should act scared by pension payments (Sacramento Bee)

CalPERS set to slash pensions for nearly 200 workers (Sacramento Bee)

Calpers Board to Vote on Slashing Pension Benefits by 63% (Bloomberg)

CalPERS board set to vote on slashing pension benefits of defunct public agency (Pensions & Investments)

National Stories

Retire This Rule Congress should block states from taking over the private-worker pension business. (City Journal)

EDITORIAL: PERS’s political dimension (Eugene Register Guard)

March 7, 2017

California Stories

San Jose City Council signs measure to review pension funds following lackluster performance (Pensions & Investments)

Too late to turn the tide on Santa Monica salaries (Santa Monica Daily Press)

National Stories

Bill to Rescind DOL Rule Extending Pension Coverage Sparks Fierce Debate (Chief Investment Officer)

Let’s Give Workers a Retirement Savings Plan at Work (Real Clear Markets)

House to take up bill to stop pension spikes by public employees (Bowling Green Daily News)

Schools’ Double Whammy: Declining Enrollment, Soaring Pension Expense (Michigan Capitol Confidential)

March 6, 2017

California Stories

OPINION: A secure retirement preserves the American dream (OC Register)

State payroll retirement savings plan can take hit (Calpensions)

Marin school districts hit with higher pension contributions (Marin Independent Journal)

Letter: Locals responsible for pension crises (Sacramento Bee)

Room with a view: CalPERS a sucking wound in city budget? Spend anyway! (OC Breeze)

Stanislaus County’s pension reforms could be hindrance in recruiting the next CEO (Modesto Bee)

Sharp spike in retirement costs behind Barstow Fire district’s financial issues (Victorville Daily Press)

National Stories

COMMENTARY: Stop the rising burden of Texas’ debt and public pensions (The Monitor)

Appeals court: Cities can cut vacation time buybacks, other programs, to end pension spiking (Cook County Record)


Silver bullet for the S.C. pension fund (The Post and Courier)

Guest View: Why now is the time for pension reform (Lincoln Journal Star)

COMMENTARY: Nevada teachers the victims of lawmaker inaction on the Public Employee Retirement System (Las Vegas Review Journal)

Memmott: S.C. state pension plan is mismanaged (Go Upstate)

David Sarasohn: Seeking a ‘PERS fix’ in a bad budget year (The Oregonian)

Erik Lukens column: Despite PERS crisis, employees demand more (Bend Bulletin)

March 1, 2017

California Stories

Californians Hit as Bad Debts Lead to Government Pension Cuts (Bloomberg)

California School Administrators Still Pension Spiking, Despite Pension Reforms (CBS SF)

San Luis Obispo faces budget shortfall from rising pension costs, lower tax revenue (SLO Tribune)

National Stories

Soaring pension costs still crippling Phoenix budget (Arizona Republic)

Pension twist costs Milwaukee County millions (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)

February 28, 2017

California Stories

Will San Jose’s pension costs consume revenue from new taxes? (San Jose Mercury News)

Pension cloud hangs over Fairfield, Measure P panel chairwoman says (Fairfield Daily Republic)

Modesto considers freeze on hiring, promoting as pension costs loom (Modesto Bee)

National Stories

When 6.9% Isn’t Enough (Chief Investment Officer)

Illinois Issues: The Pension Chasm (Northern Public Radio)

N.J.’s top pensions adviser: 5 ways to cut property taxes | Opinion (

February 27, 2017

California Stories

Op-ed: California’s Secure Choice program is neither secure nor a choice (OC Register)

Dan Walters: Cities, counties and schools feel sharply increasing pension costs (Sacramento Bee)

CalPERS investment priority shifts to avoiding loss (Calpensions)

Santa Monica Staggering Public Pension Liability Only Ranks 12th in the State (Santa Monica Observer)

Grau, Hinton: Ventura pensions will eat up tax dollars (Ventura County Star)

Lodi city manager, League of California Cities representatives tackle CalPERS problems (Lodi News-Sentinel)

Public pension funds face pressure from activists (Fairfield Daily Republic)

National Stories

Public pensions are in better shape than you think (The Week)

Arnold Foundation Funds Flawed Analysis of Teacher Pensions Says NCPERS

In Puerto Rico, pensions’ decline pits retirees against lenders (Reuters)

February 24, 2017

California Stories

Congress threatens California’s groundbreaking retirement program (Salon)

Op-ed: CalPERS needs to provide public agencies increased flexibility to deal with pension debt (Sacramento Bee)

Republicans are fighting to reduce union influence over California’s biggest public employee pension fund (LA Times)

CalPERS Joins Investors Calling on Banks to Address Concerns About Dakota Access Pipeline (San Diego Free Press)

Los Gatos tackles $54M in unfunded pension liabilities (Mercury News)

City’s CalPERS Liability Rises, But San Marino Is ‘Still Ahead of the Game’ (San Marino Tribune)

Urging CalPERS to Divest from the Dakota Access Pipeline (San Francisco Bay Times)

National Stories

The conservative roots of state-sponsored retirement plans (Benefits Pro)

Pension Funds Hope to Close the Gap Through Trump Tax Policies (Wall Street Journal)

State, Investors Team Up to Force Exxon to Report Climate Change Risk (New York Law Journal)

Investor coalition files climate-change mitigation resolution at Exxon Mobil (Pensions & Investments)

The Week in Public Finance: Pensions Protest Bathroom Bills, a Billion-Dollar Showdown in Kansas and More (Governing)

Bill that would divide Kentucky’s ailing pension agency goes to Senate (Lexington Herald Leader)

February 23, 2017

California Stories

de Leon: Congress should stay out of states’ retiree plans (Detroit Free Press)

Santa Monica City’s Pension Debt Ranked Among Highest in California (Santa Monica Lookout)

Oakland City Council Urges Dakota Access Pipeline Divestment (CBS Bay Area)

Meddlers: Pension liabilities on the rise (Auburn Journal)

National Stories

Republicans Want Retirement Plans That Keep Wall Street Rich (Huffington Post)

Will your pension be there when you need it? (Washington Post)

George Will: America’s utterly predictable tsunami of pension problems (Washington Post)

How Illinois lawmakers have gamed their pensions (Crain’s Chicago Business)

Penn. PSERS director says lawmakers should pay more money into pensions (WITF)

If You’re Lucky Enough to Receive a Pension, Here Are 6 Things You Need to Do (Wise Bread)

Are City Employee Pensions at Risk? (Austin Chronicle)


Maryland should look to local government for pension solutions (Baltimore Post Examiner)

Guest column: City’s move to 401(k) pensions is big mistake as Palm Beach showed (Florida Times-Union)

Connecticut Public Employees Oppose Pension Bill (Public News Service)