More Detroits Are on the Way

More Detroits Are on the Way

Even as pension bombs tick, cities and states still borrow far beyond their means The most significant step taken after New York City‘s near-bankruptcy in 1975 was to curb creative-accounting practices. How was that accomplished? Through a state requirement that the city balance its budget in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles. The city has not […]

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The Pension Debate Continues

Steve Kreisberg, a union representative for AFSCME, and Andrew G. Biggs, a scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, discuss public pension issues on “Newshour” in relation to the Detroit bankruptcy and Illinois vote to cut pension benefits. Public pensions are contractual obligations to pay employees retirement benefits as partial compensation for their work. Biggs says […]

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