The Center is collecting best practices, principles, and lessons learned from state and local pension plan changes that have been negotiated over the past 10 years.

  • This report gauges the effects of changes in state pension plans on the retirement income of retirees. (4/14)

    April 24, 2014
    Research Studies
  • This issue brief finds that while there has been much discussion of shifting from defined benefit to defined contribution plans, relatively few governments have actually done so. (4/14)

    April 23, 2014
    Research Studies
  • This issue brief examines automatic escalation options for public sector retirement plans and supplemental defined contribution plans. (3/14)

    March 27, 2014
    Research Studies
  • This new issue brief examines the structure and terms of supplemental savings plans offered by 20 cities and counties around the country.

    February 25, 2014
    Research Studies
  • 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.

    February 24, 2014
  • This brief explores the extent to which economic factors, poor fiscal management, and/or high pension costs contribute to the challenges cities with financial problems face. (12/13)

    December 11, 2013
    Research Studies
  • Understanding public pension data has become more complex as GASB, the rating agencies, and governments themselves may all be using different sets of pension numbers for different purposes. The Center, ICMA, and other leading national associations representing state and local governments, agencies, and officials, have developed a one-page summary to help explain the differences among these numbers; how each has its own intended purpose and audience; and new resources available to lawmakers to address pension funding. (3/13)

    November 5, 2013
    Fact Sheets
  • This brief examines how much city residents pay for pensions – not just for city pensions, but also for school district and county pensions. (10/24/13)

    October 24, 2013
    Research Studies
  • This brief reinforces the importance of public pension plans adopting sound funding policies. The brief finds that while it is important to look at investment returns and adjust them as needed, there can be a range of outcomes, even if investment returns are met. (9/13)

    September 13, 2013
  • The pension reforms states pursue generally depend on the circumstances they face, their finances, and workforce but there are some identifiable common trends. (7/13)

    July 3, 2013