Retirement

Jacksonville’s Frustrated Mayor: ‘We’ve Got to Get Out of the Pension Business!’

The mayor of Florida’s largest city continues to fume over fiscally troubled police and fire pensions and calls a possible $45 million miscalculation by an actuary “outrageous.”

Teacher Retirement Overhaul Coming Soon in Michigan?; Municipal IDs for Baltimore Residents

Also in our State and Local Daily Digest: New York governor vs. controller power struggle; California town is exempt from state ban on plastic bags; Tucson mayoral candidate sues city

What Happens When Golf Carts Hit the Streets?

Hundreds of cities now allow golf carts to be driven on some public roads. But are they safe?

As Rural America Ages, Volunteers Give a Hand

Volunteers in the graying states are helping seniors remain in their homes.

Labor Department Rule Gives States Flexibility to Help Boost Retirement Savings

State-sponsored automatic enrollment programs are now possible.

Can You Go Home Again? Some Older Retirees Say Yes

Some older retirees are finding that Snow Belt states, where their families live, may be more to their liking than the sunny states they first retired to.

California's Smart New Retirement Plan and the Industry That Opposes It

Many asset-management companies fear a program that would reduce something they depend on: consumers’ confusion.

To Solve Retirement Savings Crisis, States Push Bills Despite Resistance

Since 2012, more than half the states have considered bills to study or implement legislation that would provide retirement accounts to their uncovered workers.

More States Weigh Action to Help People Save for Retirement

For many Americans, a major barrier to saving more is that their employers don’t offer a retirement plan.

As Suburbs Age, Funding Fights Loom

The coming demographic shift could pit families with children against retired boomers in a fight for limited tax dollars.

Can Car-Centric Suburbs Adjust to Aging Baby Boomers?

The American suburbs are already aging. But car-centric neighborhoods with multilevel homes and scarce sidewalks are a poor match for people who can’t climb stairs or drive a car.

The Workforce That Won’t Retire

As college professors get older, some institutions—including public universities—are using corporate strategies to get employees to retire.

New Analysis Has Somewhat Better News for State, Local Public Pensions

But challenges and uncertainty persist, especially for deeply troubled retiree benefit systems in states like Kentucky and Illinois. “Some plans are still in real trouble.”

States Try to Help Private Sector Workers Save for Retirement

Policymakers seek to ensure that new programs can be implemented successfully, impose minimal burdens on employers, protect retirement savings, and are cost-effective and sustainable.

Employer-Based Retirement Plans: Access Varies Greatly

More than 40 percent of full-time workers have no pension or 401(k); geography, ethnicity, employer size and worker income all play a part.

Beating the Brain Drain: States Focus on Retaining Older Workers

Anywhere from 30 to 40 percent of state workers are eligible to grab their retirement packages and go.

The Benefits of Smart Cities Are Apparent, But Is Local Government Ready for Them?

And a bigger question: Is the widespread adoption of the smart cities model really just six to 10 years away?

Federal Rule Could Help States Craft Retirement Savings Programs for Private Sector Workers

The ambiguity of federal regulations has raised concern about how states can proceed legally to increase retirement savings.

Saving for Retirement Varies by State and Region

Rates of participation in employer-sponsored plans highest in Midwestern states.

New Software Helps Government Employees Pick Up Where Retired Staff Left Off

Amid the Silver Tsunami, keeping track of old discussions is important.

Americans Are Moving South, West Again

Americans are on the move to Sun Belt states again in search of economic opportunity, less expensive housing or a sunnier place to retire.

Survey: Local Government Can Compete With Private Sector at Hiring Younger Workers

Incoming workers’ desire to do good makes county and city employment a perfect fit—if jurisdictions can make the often-smaller pay palatable.

Virginia’s Data Re-engineering Internships Boost State Agency Efficiency

University students are using analytics to develop government use cases.

What State CIOs Are Prioritizing in 2016

New CIOs in 19 states offered fresh perspectives on what’s important heading into next year.

Difficult State Pension Challenges Await Kentucky’s New Governor

Matt Bevin promised to reform the state’s public worker pension systems. But the Republican faces an uphill struggle.

States Move to Bolster Private Retirement Savings

More than two dozen are considering a variety of plans, which one Brookings Institution expert says might “constitute the most important step toward retirement security in decades.”