Our most troubled state enters 2020 having lost residents for six years in a row.
The guiding principle for California policymakers seems to be: Tell everyone what they want to hear—or at least stick to the rosiest scenarios.
Chicago, Los Angeles, and New York City all have some easily identifiable management problems.
Mike Riggs talks with Illinois Policy Institute's Adam Schuster about how to fix the state's pension debt crisis.
The island's residents have had enough of a territorial government tainted by corruption and that is seemingly contemptuous of their daily struggles.
Voters will decide next year whether to impose it.
Last year, CalPERS issued 30,969 pensions checks worth $100,000 or more on an annualized basis—up from about 14,600 six-figure payouts in 2012.
The laws governing public pensions allow for horrible people to collect government benefits.
One pension-spiking tool can be scaled back now, but the California Rule remains intact.
A candid picture of how investors see the slowly unfolding pension crisis
The district's budget is broken, and the latest deal with the unions will make it worse.
America's highest paid public employee might win another college football national title, but he's also a good argument for pension reform.
Skyrocketing debt and pension obligations make for a tough labor environment.
"We have a legal and moral obligation to provide and deliver on the promises that have been made," says Gov. Matt Bevin, who called the session Monday.
A heavily abused program breaks the limits of what the IRS allows, leaving taxpayers even further on the hook.
Rahm Emanuel wants pot legalization and a casino so the city can grab more taxes for its pension debts.
The Windy City is bleeding population. A commuter tax is most certainly not going to help.
Cash-in on a controversial, costly program from city's new top cop.
From occupational licensing reform to legalizing beer-drinking on stage, elected Libertarians are doing some pretty interesting things
A bill would allow some officials retroactive access to potentially 10 years of pension payments. Guess who would be on the hook for it?
But he's leaving office without really addressing the state's massive public retirement problem.
Taxpayer contributions to pension plans have doubled in the past decade, but pension debt continues to increase.
As we prepare for a new "era of limits," Democrats may need to reclaim their party's forgotten history of rolling back government.
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Meet the LAPD couple who made a cool $2 million off the city while hanging out at their condo in Cabo San Lucas.
Dealing with the pension crisis.
The California governor is starting to take on the public-sector unions he has spent his career empowering.
One of the highest retirement payouts in the state. Pennsylvania is dealing with $70 billion in pension debt.
California's pension fund looks to shift blame and avoid responsibility.
The state has a $135 billion pension debt, but Phil Murphy and Kim Guadagno would rather spend the campaign's final days fighting the culture war.
And seven retirees in Los Angeles pulled down more than $1 million each in retirement benefits last year.
The bloated public sector is sinking the Nutmeg State.
New report shows how California's pension obligations are crowding out spending on other things.
Local California officials warn of a looming disaster.
Residents already face a stream of tax increases, largely to shore up pension funds.
They are far from the only public institution in the state to do so.
The state pension mess is even worse than you think.
CalPERS strikes back against small towns and agencies trying to leave its system.
Millions lost when political influence overrules financial acumen.
Unions try to use good years to deflect attention from a growing problem.
Budget chaos at the state level isn't helping.
State still owes over $70 billion to current workers and retirees, but moving future hires to 401(k)-style retirement plans will save taxpayers in the long run.
It's a start, maybe.
A union-controlled state agency trying to overturn a citizen initiative passed in San Diego has finally been rebuffed in court.