Center in the News


States facing rising tide of retirement

Center Vice President of Research Joshua Franzel tells Stateline that people who postponed retirement because of the recession are now starting to leave the workforce. (6/20/14)

An Effortless Way to Save for Retirement

Governing highlights Center research in an article on state governments adopting automatic enrollment and escalation in the defined contribution plans they offer employees. (6/19/14)

Fiscal pressures drive benefit changes

Center President & CEO Elizabeth Kellar tells American City & County magazine that state and local governments face significant challenges in containing the costs of pensions and employee benefits within budgets that are stretched thin. (2/25/14)

GovLoop Talks Next Gen Retirement Planning with the Center

Chris Dorobek of the DorobekINSIDER program talks with Center President/CEO Elizabeth Kellar and Vice President of Research Joshua Franzel about their PM magazine cover story on how post-recession benefit changes are affecting the retirement strategies of new hires. (2/3/14)

Retirement: Why the Next Generation Needs a Plan

Center President/CEO Elizabeth Kellar and Vice President of Research Joshua Franzel look at how post-recession benefit changes affect the retirement strategies of new hires and what government employers can do to help them in this PM magazine cover story. (Jan/Feb. 2014)

The Health of State and Local Pensions

Center V.P. Joshua Franzel and NASRA Research Manager Alex Brown talk pension funding status with NARFE. Posted with permission of NARFE magazine, the monthly publication of the National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association, www.narfe.org (1/17/14)

So, I can retire when?

Governing features a new paper by Center President/CEO Elizabeth Kellar and Vice President of Research Joshua Franzel on how post-recession benefit changes affect the retirement strategies of new hires and what government employers can do to help them. (1/13/14)

How Did 2013 Treat Public Employees?

Governing writes that the environment for state and local government employees began to improve in 2013, as evidenced by Center research. (12/11/13)

A new local pension calculus

Reuters MuniLand calls the Center’s brief “Gauging the Burden of Public Pensions on Cities” a new standard in how local pension burdens should be reported in financial documents like CAFRs. (10/28/13)

Is the public pension crisis overstated?

Center President & CEO Elizabeth Kellar tells benefitpro.com that the glass is more than half full when it comes to pension funding. While a few cities have serious challenges, most are in reasonably good shape, making the status of public pensions much more nuanced than is usually portrayed. (10/25/13)