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PERS — Retirees vs. Workers?

by BPF Published December 30, 2020 The time for can-kicking is past when it comes to fixing Mississippi’s defined benefit pension system. The Public Employees' Retirement System of Mississippi could soon ask taxpayers to increase their contribution to the pensions of state and local employees for the second time in two years. 

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Public Pensions: "Tremendous Risk"?

How much riskier are public pensions for taxpayers and government budgets these days? According to a Wall Street Journal opinion piece by American Enterprise Institute scholar Andrew G. Biggs, public pensions pose about a 10 times greater risk than they did in 1975. How much riskier are public pensions for taxpayers and government budgets these…

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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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Do Public Pensions Bet Against the Odds and Let Politicians off the Hook?

What’s one reason for the nation’s public pension crisis? It may have to do with placing false hopes on risky investments and making pensions look better off than they really are. What’s one reason for the nation’s public pension crisis? It may have to do with placing false hopes in risky investments and making pensions…

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