Comment: We’ve hesitated before to publish some of these technical pieces by actuary Mary Pat Campbell, but our readers love them and they get lots of pageviews. Nice to have readers who aren’t afraid of a little math.
Mark was on with with Dan Proft and Amy Jacobson discussing Wirepoints' new report on the need for comprehensive pension reform, the push for a progressive tax and the potential for a federal bailout for irresponsible states like Illinois.
Wirepoints’ plan immediately cuts the state’s official unfunded pension and retiree health liabilities by over $70 billion, dropping debts to $120 billion from $192 billion. That reduction saves the state an average of $5 billion a year in retirement costs and reduces retirement costs as a share of the state’s budget to 17 percent from 26 percent.