The gap between the promises states have made for public employees' retirement benefits and the money set aside to pay for them grew to at least $1.26 trillion in fiscal year 2009—a 26 percent increase in one year—according to a Pew report.
The Widening Gap: The Great Recession's Impact on State Pension and Retiree Health Care Costs analyzes 2009 and 2010 data on states' funding of pensions and retiree health care. The report shows how states' retirement systems—many of them already on shaky ground—were affected by the Great Recession:
Click the image below to see an interactive map with state-specific data on funding for public sector pensions and retiree health care.
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