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Dude, Where’s My Infrastructure Funding?

Ever since both 2016 presidential candidates made infrastructure investment a core component of each of their platforms, we have been waiting for a significant infusion of federal funds to modernize our aging bridges, highways, and transit systems.

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East St. Louis Working with Pension Boards to Avoid Intercept, Save Police Department

East St. Louis fire and police pension board members will give the city another chance to keep their pension funds current before deciding whether or not to pursue another revenue intercept by the Illinois Comptroller’s office.

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Mayors: Reconfiguring Kentucky’s Pension System Could Force Local Cities to Raise Taxes, Fire Police

COVINGTON, Ky. — Local city leaders are concerned with the way a retooled pension system will affect their ability to govern.

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50th Annual World Economic Forum Highlights Differences in Opinion on Key Global Risks

The 50th annual World Economic Forum, hosted by the Swiss non-profit International Organization for Public-Private Cooperation, was held between January 21 and 24, 2020 in Davos, Switzerland (the “Forum”).

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If Pritzker Wants Real Pension Reform, He May Need to Amend His ‘Fantasy’ Swipe

The budget part of the speech held few surprises and was far less ambitious than last year’s agenda. After a first year in which Pritzker passed gambling and cannabis legislation and a $45 billion infrastructure plan, the governor is taking a breather this year, relatively speaking.

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Deep Dive Into State Budgeting Practices Finds Improvements

State government budgeting practices have shown overall signs of improvement in recent years, but long-term expenses like pension and health care benefits for retired public workers present looming challenges for many places.

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2020 Presidential Candidates’ Views on Social Security

The 2020 presidential candidates have proposed various changes to Social Security’s retirement program.  The Center has collected a list comparing these changes.  The list will be updated on a regular basis throughout the campaign season.

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Are Homeownership Patterns Stable Enough to Tap Home Equity?

For a comfortable retirement, many households may need to tap their home equity but, currently, few take out a reverse mortgage or defer their property taxes.

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PSHR – Weekly e-News: February 26, 2020

On Friday, February 25th, Roundtable members traveled to Washington to advocate for changes to prescription drug pricing legislative proposals in order to protect public sector retirees in Medicare Part D employer group waiver plans (EGWPs). Several Roundtable members along with Roundtable staff met with the offices of Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), as well with the full team at the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC).

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SLGE – February e-News: Police and Fire Pension Costs

A new issue brief from SLGE, An Introduction to Police and Fire Pensions, discusses defined contribution retirement plans and other retirement benefits, as compared to overall local government compensation. Also included is a review of the data on retirement ages for public safety staff.

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