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The Trump administration, the Republican Congress and several states have made pension reform a top legislative priority in 2017. The slated reforms would affect both public and private sector pensions. Pension reform legislation aims to solve two looming problems: Serious funding gaps facing public sector pension systems and a shortfall in retirement savings for private sector employees.
“Legislative Preview: An Early Look at Opportunities & Risks for 2017,” provides opinion and insight on pension reform proposals from a panel of state and federal pension and benefits law experts. Produced by LexisNexis® State Net®, a leader in legislative and regulatory tracking and analysis, this webinar is complimentary to receive with a simple sign-up.
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California, Illinois and several other states and local jurisdictions face large and growing unfunded pension liabilities. The liabilities threaten to wreck budgets or require reduction of other operations and funding. These governments are moving on several fronts to shore up pension systems with measures like:
The time to act is now for many states. Illinois and New Jersey have seen their bond ratings suffer due in part to these unfunded pension liabilities. And returns to pension funds continue to underperform the (sometimes very aggressive) assumptions on which funding is based.
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Republicans have issued an ambitious plan to trim trillions from federal spending over the next decade. They are looking to the federal pension system for some of that reduction. Plans mirror state proposals in some ways, including:
Surveys show that most Americans have not saved adequately for retirement. States and the federal government hope to increase participation and savings in retirement plans. California has taken the lead in one approach to increasing retirement savings. Workers who lack any employer-sponsored retirement plan will automatically contribute three percent of wages to The California Secure Choice Retirement Savings Trust, to be invested on their behalf by the state. Connecticut, Illinois, Maryland, and Oregon have similar plans taking effect in 2017 and 2018. Massachusetts offers something like this for non-profits and New Jersey and Washington have set up state-run online marketplaces to offer low-cost retirement savings plans to small businesses.
“Legislative Preview: An Early Look at Opportunities & Risks for 2017,” offers a timely look at important legislative and regulatory proposals for pension reform. Get it today.