December 2016

  • Public Pensions in the Year Ahead: 2017 Preview

    All in all, 2016 was a good year for public pensions. States and cities chose to protect and preserve their defined benefit pension plans and the city of Palm Beach, FL, moved back to a defined benefit plan from an…

  • National Public Pension Coalition’s Naughty and Nice List 2016

    Around this time of year, many children- and some adults- are very concerned about whether they made it onto the naughty or nice list of a jolly old man who lives up north. Here at NPPC, we also keep a…

  • Public Pensions Help Local Communities Thrive

    Often when we talk about public pensions, we focus on the individual teacher, firefighter, or other public employee who earns a secure retirement through their pension. That is certainly one of the best features of defined benefit pensions: workers know…

  • This Week in Pensions: December 16th, 2016

    Welcome to the latest edition of This Week in Pensions! As we do most weeks, we have gathered the best stories about pensions and retirement security from the previous week. This is the news you need to know in the…

  • How Much Should Public Employees Save for Retirement
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    As we’ve written about on this blog, the prevalence of defined benefit pensions has declined in the private sector and this has hurt working families. In the public sector, though, defined benefit pensions remain quite common. According to a recent…

  • The Pension Protection Act Decreased Retirement Security

    In August, we wrote about the decline of traditional pensions in the private sector. One of the major reasons for private companies abandoning pensions was a series of laws beginning in the 1980s and culminating in the Pension Protection Act…

  • This Week in Pensions: December 9th, 2016

    Welcome to the latest edition of This Week in Pensions! As we do each week, we have gathered the best stories from the past week about pensions and retirement security. This is the news you need to know in the…

  • Protecting Public Pensions in Michigan

    Anti-pension ideologues in the Michigan legislature have wanted to gut public pensions there for a long time, especially pensions for teachers. This year, they attacked teachers’ retirement security during the lame duck legislative session, but they were defeated by the…

  • Retirement Savings Lessons from the United Kingdom

    The United States faces a retirement savings crisis. Just over half of all workers don’t have access to a retirement savings plan through their employer. Most working families, even near-retirement age households, have very little saved for retirement. The United…

  • This Week in Pensions: December 2nd, 2016

    Welcome to the latest edition of This Week in Pensions! As we do most weeks, we have gathered the best stories about pensions and retirement security from the previous week. This is the news you need to know in the…