money squeezePension Track Sessions at the 2010 Legislative Summit

Presented July 27 and 28, 2010
Louisville, Ky.

The 2010 NCSL Legislative Summit featured a track of four programs and a round-table discussion on the challenges facing pension funds.  Below are program overviews, copies of all of the handouts and the video recordings of each program.  For more information, email
pensions-info@ncsl.org.

 

 

 

State Pensions Track: Legislators’ Guide to Public Pensions
Learn about legislators' power and responsibilities in the design and oversight of state retirement policy. Examine the complicated question of state governments' ability to change the benefits promised to current employees and retired people. Explore the process of making good policy in this technical and complicated area of law. Hear how a state pension study commission can contribute to the process.

Moderator: Representative Juan C. Zapata, Florida, Chair, NCSL Labor and Economic Development Committee

Speakers:
Cindie Moore, National Council on Teacher Retirement (Former), Florida Power Point

Keith Brainard, National Association of State Retirement Administrators, Texas  Power Point

Aristotle Hutras, Ohio Retirement Study Council, Ohio  Power Point

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State Pensions Track: Current Issues in State Retirement Policy 
Weak state revenues and loss of assets are not the only issues public retirement funds must cope with. The public workforce is aging, people would like to retire early, and in some states the workforce is shrinking. People are living longer. All these changes have to be factored into retirement policy. What’s the best way to keep track of all these moving parts?

Moderator: Representative Julie Fisher, Utah, Vice Chair, NCSL Labor and Economic Development Committee

Speakers:
Senator Bill Heath, Georgia, Vice Chair, NCSL Labor and Economic Development Committee  Power Point

Kil Huh, Pew Charitable Trusts, Washington, D.C. Power Point

Beth Almeida, National Institute for Retirement Security, Washington, D.C.  Power Point

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State Pensions Track: State Responses to the Pension Crisis
Since mid-decade, states have taken unprecedented action to ensure they can sustain the long-term commitments to employee pensions. Hear about the kinds of responses states have been taking, and the Pew Center on the States’ important report on how well state governments are responding to the pension crisis.

Moderator: Representative Brent Yonts, Kentucky, Immediate Past Chair, NCSL Labor and Economic Development Committee

Speakers:
Senator Kwame Raoul, Illinois

Senator Daniel Liljenquist, Utah  Power Point

Ron Snell, NCSL - Denver, Colorado  Power Point

Geraldine Madrid-Davis, National Public Pension Coalition, Washington, D.C.  Power Point

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State Pensions Track: Discussion and Networking Reception
Participants in the State Pensions Track will have an opportunity to review the day's sessions, followed by a networking reception.

Facilitators:
Kil Huh, Pew Charitable Trusts, Washington, D.C.

Ron Snell, NCSL - Denver, Colorado 


State Pensions Track: Financing Public Retiree Health Care
The Government Accountability Office says that state governments’ fiscal conditions will decline over the next half-century—through 2060—largely because of the cost of health care. Retiree health care is a large part of the problem. Hear from experts on options designed to make health care costs more manageable.

Moderator: Senator Bill Heath, Georgia, Vice Chair, NCSL Labor and Economic Development Committee

Speakers:
Speaker Terie T. Norelli, New Hampshire  Handout

Michael Burnside, Kentucky Retirement System, Kentucky  Power Point

Elizabeth Keller, Center for State and Local Government Excellence, Washington, D.C.  Power Point

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