A Great Source of Truth about Pensions: ShowMeSecurity

About a year ago, I had a conversation with some of my friends about what I do for a living. When I told them I work for a public pension plan, their reaction was not quite what I expected. They began telling me pension plans are old fashioned and the best type of retirement plan was the 401(k). They all work in private industry and are seeing fewer private employers provide pension plans. So, their assumption is, of course, the 401(k) is better.

Tagged pensions, Value of pensions

Three things I learned from the Partners in Governance Conference

DacKCScWkAA9HvE-1Last week, I had the opportunity to attend the Missouri Municipal League’s Partner in Governance Conference.  This event is a one-day gathering of the minds, with partners from the Missouri Municipal League, the Institute of Public Policy at the University of Missouri, the Missouri Association of Counties, the Missouri School Boards' Association and FOCUS-St. Louis, in which local leaders discuss various challenges and best practices in local government.  While the entire day was outstanding (and I’d highly recommend you attend next year), there were a few highlights for me that I think are particularly noteworthy.

Tagged Missouri Municipal League, Local Government

The Impact of Local Government on You and Your Community

When I started working at LAGERS several years ago, I didn't get it. I didn't understand just how valuable the services local government workers provide are to my every day life. Now, 8 years later, I have an entirely different perspective. I now know when a park is clean, it didn't magically clean itself. Instead, there are people, like Joe Schulte (video below), who work hard for my local community to make our parks clean and safe.

 

 

Built-in Flexibility Gives LAGERS' Employers Options

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Flexibility may not be a word you often hear associated with public pension plans. These plans are typically created by state or local policymakers, and changes to the plan structure are sometimes difficult and time-consuming. This is OK for many public pension plans because they cover workers with similar characteristics. It is common, for example, for all teachers covered by a pension plan to have the same retirement benefits regardless of the school district that employs them. All employees have the same benefits; the school districts and employees share in the cost of benefits; and all pay the same amount for those benefits.

Tagged pensions, Plan Design, Recruiting, secure retirement, three legged stool, Retirement plans, Retirement, Retire, Goals

Celebrate Local Government With Us Next Week

 

 I could say this is the time of year when all of us at LAGERS turn our attention to Local Government, but that would be a lie. Our attention is ALWAYS on local government, in particular local government employees, and how they make our communities better.

Tagged Missouri Municipal League, Local Government

Covet vs. Begrudge

 

Let’s think about these two words for a moment…”covet” (to yearn to possess or have something) vs. “begrudge” (to envy or resent the good fortune of someone, to be unhappy or upset because someone has something you think they do not deserve).

Tagged pensions, Retirement Security, Value of pensions, Pension Health, Financial security, Retirement plans, Retirement, Retire

From Our Members - Is the 4% contribution withdrawn from my paycheck after taxes?

 This is the third post in our new series, based on members' real questions to us.

Tagged Contributions, Funding, taxes, Retirement, Retire

Closing a Pension Plan Does Not Eliminate Liabilities

 

Since the Great Recession in 2008, warnings of an impending pension crisis have been splashed across the business pages of newspapers across the country. Despite these boisterous decrees, America’s public pension funds are stable. We explore the roots behind the false pension crisis narrative and examine the facts.

Tagged pension reform, pensions, reform, Retirement Security, Value of pensions, Pension Health

Can't save for Retirement because of student loan debt? read this!

 

Tagged Millennials, Retirement, Public service

A Behind the Scenes Peek Inside LAGERS’ First Legislative Day!

Last week, LAGERS members gathered in Jefferson City to take part in a very first for our retirement system - an Advocacy Day.  An advocacy day is an opportunity for members from across our state to gather in the capitol to demonstrate a physical presence of our system and to visit with legislators about the value of their LAGERS benefit.  We had a great time, visited with tons of legislators, and brought some serious pension energy to the capitol building!!  Here are a few highlights from our day!

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