The State Worker

Chronicling civil-service life for California state workers

October 20, 2010
Milken report: Demographics will strap California pension funds

The Santa Monica-based Milken Institute has released a report that says the aging public employee population's increased draw on pensions as baby boomers retire, combined with growing demands for educating the state's children in the coming years, is putting California in a fiscal vise.

The researchers also conclude that raising employee contributions will be less effective over time because the ratio of actively contributing members to benefit recipients will continue to decrease.

"Addressing California's Pension Shortfalls: The Role of Demographics in Designing Solutions," which Bee's Dan Walters writes about in more detail in this Capitol Alert post, comes just two days after the release of another study that concludes state public employees aren't overcompensated compared with the private sector. Click here for our post about "The Truth about Public Employees in California: They are Neither Overpaid nor Overcompensated."

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