Pensions/Employee Benefits & Actions


Expenditures for employee retirement plans, health insurance, and other benefits, comprise a relatively small portion of total state spending. However, as public employee demographics shift and greater segments of the public sector workforce approach retirement, many states are reexamining the financial costs of promised benefits. Gradual policy and fiscal reforms are being implemented across states to reduce the future budgetary impacts of pensions without drastically undermining the retirement security of present employees or retirees.

Staff Contact: Michael Streepey

NASBO Publications

  • Highlights include:- In fiscal 2015, total state spending increased at its fastest rate since 1992, primarily due to growth in federal Medicaid funds resulting from the Affordable Care Act (ACA).- Spending from states’ own funds moderately grew in fiscal 2015, while federal funds to states rapidly increased due to the ACA.- Medicaid represented over half of all federal funds to states in fiscal 2015.- State revenue growth accelerated in fiscal 2015, although it was hampered somewhat by the decline in oil prices.
  • This report shows that state budgets are expected to continue on a path of stable, moderate growth, with 42 governors recommending spending increases for fiscal 2016. However, progress is slow, and structural issues and long-term spending pressures will require difficult budget choices for many states. States’ spending proposals continue to be cautious as they plan for limited revenue growth.

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