Hidden Debt, Hidden Deficits

Hidden Debt, Hidden Deficits

A Hoover Institution Essay. Hoover Institution, Stanford University, April
11, 2016

Most state and local governments in the United States offer retirement benefits to their employees in the form of guaranteed pensions. To fund these promises, the governments contribute taxpayer money to public systems. Even under states’ own disclosures and optimistic assumptions about future investment returns, assets in the pension systems will be insufficient to pay for the pensions of current public employees and retirees. Taxpayer resources will eventually have to make up the difference.