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NASRA Updates Issue Brief on State and Local Government Spending for Public Pensions

In April 2017, the National Association of State Retirement Administrators (NASRA) updated its standing issue brief, State and Local Government Spending on Public Employee Retirement Systems.  The brief examines the cost of pension benefits for state and local governments and finds that, based on U.S. Census Bureau data, about 4.5% of all state and local…

Kaiser Releases Issue Brief on Proposed Changes for Workplace Wellness Programs

On April 7, 2017, the Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF) released its issue brief, Changing Rules for Workplace Wellness Programs: Implications for Sensitive Health Conditions. Currently, Congress is considering legislation to change federal rules governing workplace wellness programs that gather information about workers’ health and risk status.  The brief examines the proposed changes to workplace wellness…

SLGE Releases Infographic on State and Local Government Workforce Trends

On April 3, 2017, the Center for State & Local Government Excellence (SLGE) announced its release of a new infographic, State and Local Government Workforce Outlook. The infographic provides information on the important trends in the state and local government workforce in 2016. According to SLGE, since 2008, state and local government employment has declined…

NASRA Releases Report on State Legal Provisions to Address Pension Funding

In April 2017, the National Association of State Retirement Administrators (NASRA) released its report, State Legal Provisions Addressing Pension Funding. Written by NASRA’s research director, Keith Brainard, and research manager, Alex Brown, the report describes the state and statutory and constitutional frameworks that have been established to address pension funding. The report also includes a…

EBRI Finds Many Workers Lack Retirement Confidence

On March 21, 2017, the Employee Benefit Research Institute (EBRI) released its issue brief, The 2017 Retirement Confidence Survey: Many Workers Lack Retirement Confidence and Feel Stressed About Retirement Preparations.  The 27th annual survey found that about 31% of American workers are mentally or emotionally stressed about preparing for retirement and have lower levels of…