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  • The Denver Post is reporting that negotiators are nearing a deal on PERA, the generous defined-benefit plan that most state workers have benefited from over the years:

    PERA Nears A Deal – UPDATED « View From a Height

  • Maintaining a defined-benefit for incoming and even current employees is not realistic (promises made to those already retired must be honored).

    PERA Nears A Deal – UPDATED « View From a Height

  • But while defined-benefit pensions sound good in theory — retirees should have security for their later years — they actually create incentives that impede hiring and keeping the best teachers.

    Why Teacher Pensions Don't Work

  • Which means that the solvency of any defined-benefit plan is mostly guesswork.

    PERA Nears A Deal – UPDATED « View From a Height

  • Whether the investment returns are there or not, defined-benefit pensions require the government to pay retirees a predetermined amount for life.

    Why Teacher Pensions Don't Work

  • Some fiscal watchdogs say the plan masks the long-term problem of pension costs that could be more prudently managed by tightening wages and overhauling the defined-benefit system.

    Schools Look to Delay Pain

  • The big questions are what long-term share of its productivity should be devoted to tax payments, and whether Medicare can remain the defined-benefit system it is now, or should be turned into a defined-contribution system whose costs are easier to control—questions that both sides think will get a full airing in a national campaign.

    Deficit Fix Is Elusive Amid Clashing Narratives

  • "As long as you have a traditional defined-benefit pension, you've got taxpayers on a financial roller coaster," said E.J. McMahon , who directs the Empire Center for New York State Policy, a conservative fiscal group.

    Cuomo Seeks New Pension Tier

  • Premium support is easily as important an advance as the shift from defined-benefit pensions to 401ks, and the transition could be as smooth.

    Medicare for a New Century

  • For example, states and districts must shift new employees from defined-benefit pension programs to portable, defined-contribution plans where employees can contribute a proportionate amount to their own retirement savings.

    In Budget Crises, an Opening for School Reform


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