The brief’s key findings are:
- During 2012, using current GASB standards, the funded status of public plans declined slightly from 75 percent to 73 percent.
- This decline reflected slow asset growth, which was only partly mitigated by reduced liability growth.
- States and localities also continued to fall short on their annual required contribution payments.
- Going forward, the funded ratio is projected to gradually move above 80 percent, assuming a healthy stock market.