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

  • State fiscal conditions are continuing to improve into fiscal 2013, although many state budgets are not fully back to prerecession levels. This report finds that governors’ recommended budgets show an overall increase in both general fund expenditures and revenues in fiscal 2013. Fiscal trends indicate that while
  • State and local pension systems have received significant attention in the last few years. Changes to state pension systems have been taking place in response to the increased attention and concerns.  This brief examines a number of pension issues from a budgetary perspective. A budgetary perspective considers long term pension funding adequacy, and the financial cost of promised benefits in relation to the rest of current state spending.
  • Facts You Should Know: State and Local Bankruptcy, Municipal Bonds, and State and Local Pensions was produced by the following organizations in early 2011:

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