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Are State Public Pensions Sustainable? Why The Federal Government Should Worry About State Pension Liabilities

  • Rauh, Joshua D.
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    This paper analyzes the flow of state pension benefit payments relative to asset levels and contributions. Assuming future state contributions fund the full present value of new benefits, many state systems will run out of money in 10–20 years if some attempt is not made to improve the funding of liabilities that have already been accrued. The expected shortfalls raise the possibility that the federal government will be faced with a decision as to whether to bail out states driven to insolvency by their pension programs.

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    Article provided by National Tax Association in its journal National Tax Journal.

    Volume (Year): 63 (2010)
    Issue (Month): 3 (September)
    Pages: 585-601

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    1. Ponds, E.H.M. & van Riel, B., 2009. "Sharing risk : The Netherlands' new approach to pensions," Other publications TiSEM dffdb2a2-5a3c-45e1-b166-c, Tilburg University, School of Economics and Management.
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