Like all employers, state and local governments must control health care costs while still offering competitive benefit packages that will attract and retain talented employees. Eight states that have adopted innovative practices to reduce costs and improve employees’ health are featured in this publication, which comes out of a joint Center for Excellence-North Carolina State University symposium that addressed both national trends and a rich variety of lessons learned from state innovations.
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This issue brief describes existing legal protections for pensions and reviews recent court decisions that have separated core benefit accruals from cost of living adjustments (COLAs).
This survey by the Center and the TIAA-CREF Institute finds that only 19 percent of full-time public sector workers are very confident in their retirement income prospects, with many expressing concern about the impact of rising health care costs on current savings.
This brief looks at the effects of the 2008-2009 stock market decline on state and local pensions and what may improve their funded status in the future.
Public and private employers face the same challenge: how to control the continuing growth in health care costs? This brief examines how three city governments — Asheville, Denver, and Oklahoma City – have responded to rising health care costs.
An examination of whether benefits close the wage gap between public and private sector workers. The analysis found that the compensation of state-local and private sector workers is similar.
This report offers lessons from five governments — Iowa, Oregon, Vermont, Gwinnett County (GA), and Houston (TX) — that have reformed their pension plans to make them more fiscally sustainable while still providing retirement security to their employees. It offers lessons for other reform-minded governments, on plan funding and governance, the importance of using good data from experts, communication, governance, and financial education.
This brief probes the question of what role union power has had in the public pension benefit levels.
This brief finds that California, North Carolina, and Ohio rely on a combination of wellness programs and cost containment to rein in cost increases, and analyzes the cost of providing health insurance, along with changes in health plans the states have adopted to slow cost increases.
Three new plans studied in Georgia, Michigan, and Utah combine elements of both defined benefit and defined contribution plans.