Blog: Pension Politics

Defined benefit pension plans play multiple roles, and we have to clearly distinguish those roles in order to consider possible alternatives.
In a new report, we studied Illinois’ educator salary and tenure data, and found that women typically earn salaries that are $5,500 lower than their male colleagues. This pay gap continues into retirement, leaving women with lower annual benefits even if they worked the same number of years.
Illinois Governor Rauner proposes to shift teacher pension costs to school districts. Although this plan does make some sense, there are a few problems with this approach.
The decline in defined benefit plans has not led to a decline in retirement security.
Congressional Democrats repeat teachers’ union talking points, ignoring a large and growing body of work about the problems with teacher pension plans.
Desperate times call for desperate measures, or so the saying goes. Staring down a financial crisis, Illinois is considering a fiscal Hail Mary: a massive fire sale on public debt. While Illinois’s finances certainly are in real trouble, issuing the largest public bond in history may do more harm than good. Here are 5 issues to consider.
So much of the pension debate is filled with "if only" statements, as if pensions were governed by angels rather than by fallible humans.
2017 was a busy year for teacher pension reform. Here is a handful of our most popular and significant work from the past year.
States can shift new workers into new retirement plans easier than many pension advocates claim.
Not-so-breaking news: A pension advocacy group thinks pensions are the best retirement option for all workers.