Back by Popular Demand: How Retirement Benefits for Government Workers Help Everyone

Above: 2016 annual benefits paid to LAGERS' benefit recipients in Missouri.

 This post was originally published in November, 2017. For more information on how pensions benefit everyone, go to showmesecurity.molagers.org

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Employee benefits are often thought to be for the betterment of one and only one group - the employees. Rather than simply providing a salary, employers use benefits like health insurance, retirement plans, and paid vacation to build morale, keep good workers, and to attract new workers. For these reasons, it makes sense to think that compensation other than salary are good for the employees and only the employees. But there is more to it than that.

A publicly-held company must make decisions that will positively affect the bottom line so the shareholders may profit. Likewise, government leaders serve the taxpayers and make decisions to enhance the prosperity of their communities. Decisions about employee benefits, therefore, cannot only be valuable to the employee, but also must make sense for the shareholder or taxpayer. In other words, all stakeholders must get some return on the investment for employee benefits.

Tagged Defending Pensions, Defined Benefit, Economic Impact, pensions, Value of pensions, Taxpayers

A Secure Retirement for All - Not Just a Cool Vision Statement

A little over a year ago, LAGERS board and staff established “A Secure Retirement for All” as our new vision statement. By their nature, vision statements are meant to be lofty, inspiring and something on the edge of being unobtainable. However, every goal, strategy, and decision that is made at LAGERS is driven by this statement.

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Everything you wanted to know about pensions but were afraid to ask

Defined benefits.

Funding levels.

Investments.

Contributions.

Economic Impact.

Any of this making sense yet?

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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.

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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).

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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.

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Why Switching Public Employees to a 401(k) is a Terrible Idea

Reform has been the hot topic in the world of public employee retirement plans for years. Too often the conversation immediately turns to tossing out defined benefit pensions for government workers and replacing them with individual investment accounts like 401(k)s. Supporters of the 401(k) approach say these plans are a better fit for the modern worker; they are always fully funded; they give workers control over their own money; the public sector should follow the private sector's lead in eliminating pension plans. However, this thinking does not consider the uniqueness of public sector jobs, workers' lack of understanding of financial products, the impact on workers' retirement security, or the effect on the employer and taxpayers.

Tagged Defending Pensions, Defined Benefit, 401(k), Credit, Crisis, Defined Contribution, National Institute on Retirement Security, Value of pensions, Retirement, Retire

3 Reasons Why An Employer Should Provide a Pension 

IMG_2654.jpgA utility worker from Rolla Municipal Utilities (above) clears debris.

 

Governments face many tough decisions when determining how to make the best use of taxpayer dollars. Citizens demand a certain level of service from public entities for protection, infrastructure, health, education, and more. Of course, in order to provide these services, governments need to be able to attract and retain qualified workers. The better the public workers you have working in your community, the better services you will enjoy as a taxpayer.

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How to Talk About Your Pension at Deer Camp

The day before the 2016 firearms season at my deer camp in Cole County, MO.

Deer camp is a Missouri tradition that is ages old. I have been hunting and hanging out at deer camps since I was a kid, and if there is one thing I have learned over the years (other than becoming pretty good at frying catfish) is that this that this setting is perfect for lively and opinionated conversation. 

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How Retirement Benefits for Government Workers Help Everyone

Above: 2016 annual benefits paid to LAGERS' benefit recipients in Missouri.

 

DOWNLOAD: LAGERS 2017 Economic Impact Report

 

Employee benefits are often thought to be for the betterment of one and only one group - the employees. Rather than simply providing a salary, employers use benefits like health insurance, retirement plans, and paid vacation to build morale, keep good workers, and to attract new workers. For these reasons, it makes sense to think that compensation other than salary are good for the employees and only the employees. But there is more to it than that.

A publicly-held company must make decisions that will positively affect the bottom line so the shareholders may profit. Likewise, government leaders serve the taxpayers and make decisions to enhance the prosperity of their communities. Decisions about employee benefits, therefore, cannot only be valuable to the employee, but also must make sense for the shareholder or taxpayer. In other words, all stakeholders must get some return on the investment for employee benefits.

Tagged Defending Pensions, Defined Benefit, Economic Impact, pensions, Value of pensions, Taxpayers

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