A recent article in the Wall Street Journal, Is America's Favorite Retirement Plan Broken, describes the current state of 401(k) plans. The article provides evidence that these plans may need to be fixed for them to create successful retirement outcomes for the millions of Americans that participate in these retirement investment vehicles. While the main point of the article is to point out plans of policymakers to make the 401(k) more equitable in respect to the way taxation is handled, other points made in the article piqued my interest.
For America Saves Week, we're bringing back the story of the City of Webster Groves and how they found that a defined benefit pension plan was the best option for their employees to securely save for retirement. The City wanted to ensure that their employees had the best opportunity to achieve a secure retirement that could be provided. In turn, the employees benefited from the security of a defined benefit plan, and the City could remain competitive in order to recruit and retain the best crop of public servants for the community. Read Joan's account of how they came to the conclusion that LAGERS provided the best value for the employees of Webster Groves.
We're proud of each and every one of our nominees for their accomplishments and dedication to the community and to public service. It was a challenge to pick just three finalists for the first LAGERS Local Government Hero Award.
This week is Public Service Recognition Week, and what better way to celebrate than to highlight a couple of our members that work at one of our newest employers, Daniel Boone Regional Library.
This week we celebrate everything that makes our local governments wonderful. From roads, school buses, clean water and parks; to our local officials and our first responders - fire, police and EMS workers and everyone in between who works hard for their local communities.
Come with us on a behind the scenes visit to LAGERS employer Dickerson Park Zoo in Springfield. You'll see just how important it is to these LAGERS members that they get to serve their community in such a fun and interesting way. These City of Springfield employees work in many different roles at the zoo, with most of them being Zookeepers and caretakers of the animals. Their commitment to their jobs and their service shows through in each of the videos below.
International Women's Day was last week, and what better way to celebrate then to speak to a woman who's been breaking the mold of what we're told should be "a woman's job" all her life.Meet our new Board member, Sandy Walker, in her own words.
We spend a lot of time talking about the savings crisis in the United States. We’ve written about the unfunded liabilities in 401(k) plans, we’ve written about the lack of financial literacy, and the dangerously low retirement account balances across the country. And while all of this might lead to the conclusions that having a defined benefit plan, like LAGERS, is an important cornerstone to retirement security in America, pension reform debates still often favor the significant reduction or elimination of defined benefit plans altogether.
In 2013, the City of Webster Groves joined the Missouri Local Government Employees Retirement System (LAGERS), a statewide public defined benefit retirement plan covering local government workers from all across Missouri. This is our story of why and how we made this giant leap forward in providing retirement benefits to our employees, and, we believe, in ultimately enhancing service to our citizens.