August 2017

  • There’s no question: workers want pensions
    Workers want pensions

    Traditional defined benefit pensions remain the most common retirement plan for public sector employees. 84 percent of state and local government employees have access to a pension. Increasingly, however, anti-pension ideologues say public employees should be given a choice between…

  • The Trump Administration Continues to Weaken Retirement Security
    Trump federal pensions

    As we’ve documented before, the Trump administration has taken multiple actions that will weaken the retirement security of working families. From attacking the pensions of federal employees to hindering the work of states to enact Secure Choice savings programs, the…

  • Attention Kentucky: Closing a Pension is Never a Good Idea

    Those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it – and it’s prime time for Kentucky lawmakers to learn a history lesson. Kentucky’s public pension funds face very real challenges, caused by decades of underfunding on behalf…

  • This Week in Pensions: August 25, 2017

    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…

  • The “Pension Crisis” is a Myth, Part Four
    The pension crisis is a myth

    Since the Great Recession in 2008, warnings of an impending pension crisis have been splashed across the business pages of newspapers across the country. Despite these boisterous decrees, America’s public pension funds are stable. We explore the roots behind the…

  • Public Pensions Remain the Best Option for Kentucky
    Public pensions Kentucky

    Today the Kentucky Center for Economic Policy (KCEP) and the Keystone Research Center (KRC) released a new report on public pensions in Kentucky. The report, titled “Switch to 401k-Type Plan for Kentucky Public Employees Will Cause More Harm,” finds that…

  • This Week in Pensions: August 18, 2017

    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…

  • Public Pensions FAQ

    In the fight to protect pensions, education is key. We’ve answered some of the most commonly asked questions about public pensions. For more information on all things pension, check out our Glossary of Common Pension Terms. What is a pension? A…

  • The Fundamentals of Retirement Planning

    Nearly two-thirds of Americans can’t pass a rudimentary financial literacy test. This illiteracy extends to retirement: when quizzed on their retirement income knowledge, 80% of Americans ages 60-75 failed. Fortunately, in our increasingly digital age, the information needed to educate…

  • Defined Benefit vs Defined Contribution: The Basics

    Many Americans believe that a retirement security crisis is looming. According to a recent survey, 88 percent of Americans agree that the nation faces a retirement crisis. Many Americans also believe that one of the benefits of a lifetime of…

  • This Week in Pensions: August 11, 2017

    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…

  • This Week in Pensions: August 4, 2017

    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…