Pension Education Toolkit

Pension Education Toolkit
Learn how pensions are funded and how they impact the economy.
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Public pensions are a hot topic in the news, so we developed this Pension Education Toolkit to help deepen your understanding of defined benefit public pension plans. Supplemental information is found on our Facts & Research page. Additional data is available through our Public Pension Partners.

Unintended Consequences: How Scaling Back Public Pensions Puts Government Revenues at Risk

Unintended Consequences: How Scaling Back Public Pensions Puts Government Revenues at Risk - Without revenues generated by public pensions, taxpayers would have to cover severe revenue shortfalls at the state and local level, an NCPERS study finds.

NCPERS Study: Pension Plans Meet Obligations

NCPERS Study: Pension Plans Meet Obligations - Despite volatility in the financial markets over the last quarter century, state and local pension plans met their benefit payment obligations and – with few exceptions – earned more each year than they paid out.

Retirement Security 2017: Americans' Views of the Retirement Crisis

Retirement Security 2017: Americans' Views of the Retirement Crisis - Research concludes that despite our deep political divide, most Americans are worried about their economic security in retirement. Some 88 percent agree that the nation faces a retirement crisis.

Why Pensions Matter: The History of Defined Benefit Pension Plans in the USA (2017)

Why Pensions Matter: The History of Defined Benefit Pension Plans in the USA (2017) – This report from the National Public Pension Coalition concludes that providing workers with a secure and dignified pension is good for everyone – including taxpayers and the economy.

Understanding Public Pensions: A Guide for Elected Officials (2017)

Understanding Public Pensions: A Guide for Elected Officials (2017) – Produced by AARP and the Center for State & Local Government Excellence, this report explains the important role elected officials play in building or maintaining sustainable, cost-effective retirement systems.

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