Study Sizes Up States' Substantial Retiree Benefit Costs

Publication: The Washington Post

Author: Kirstin Downey

12/19/2007 - About 90 percent of state workers get pensions, and the bill is coming due.

According to a new analysis by the Pew Charitable Trusts' Center on the States, states owe employees about $2.73 trillion for pension and health-care costs, much of which is unfunded.

Maryland, which has about 90,000 state employees, is facing a particularly high liability for its health insurance promise, $14.5 billion, compared with the $2.3 billion that Virginia owes its 100,000 employees, according to the report released yesterday. The difference is that Maryland is more generous to its retirees than Virginia is, researchers said.

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