Many state and local retirement plans are on an unsustainable course, having failed to set aside enough money to fund the promises they have made. To inform state policymaking, Pew provides research on the fiscal challenges state and cities face as a result of their pension and retiree health promises. With the understanding that there is no one-size-fits-all solution, the project also offers technical assistance to states and municipalities as they undertake pension and retiree health care reforms to ensure their public sector retirement systems are affordable and sustainable, provide a secure retirement for workers, and preserve governments' ability to recruit and retain a talented public-sector workforce.
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For the past several years, policymakers across the country have been taking a close look at state and local retirement systems. Since 2009, 48 states have enacted retirement plan changes, with some states enacting multiple reforms,1 in an effort to make pension plans more fiscally sustainable. Read More
During during the past decade, public pension plans have increasingly turned to alternative investments such as private equity, hedge funds, real estate, and commodities to achieve their target investment returns. Read More