07/28/2010 - The payout of pensions is proving financially burdensome to states and localities. So how sustainable are these pensions? To find out, Robert Siegel talks to Susan Urahn, managing director of the Pew Center on the States, who helped produce their report "The Trillion Dollar Gap: Underfunded State Retirement Systems and the Road to Reform." Urahn says states are obligated to pay because it is a state constitutional obligation, and she says, "The likely scenario is taxes will go up to pay the promises they made."
Listen to the story or read the transcript, Are Public Pension Funds Sustainable? on NPR's Web site.