Will Pensions and OPEBs Break State and Local Budgets?

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The brief’s key findings are:

  • The analysis looks at the costs of pensions, OPEBs, and debt service for all states and the largest counties and cities.
  • Costs assume a 6-percent discount rate and an adequate amortization schedule, and are compared to own-source revenue.
  • The good news is that the total cost burden appears under control in many jurisdictions, but a handful face an enormous challenge.