State and Local Government Retiree Benefits: Current Funded Status of Pension and Health Benefits, January 29, 2008

Source: Government Accountability Office, GAO-08-223, January 2008

Pension and other retiree benefits for state and local government employees represent liabilities for state and local governments and ultimately a burden for state and local taxpayers. Since 1986, accounting standards have required state and local governments to report their unfunded pension liabilities. Recently, however, standards changed and now call for governments also to report retiree health liabilities.

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