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Are public pensions doomed because of the coronavirus pandemic?

June 12, 2020

From the USA Today website

Corey Shelton, an eighth grade science teacher in Jackson, Michigan, has earned a pension after more than 20 years on the job, but now he’s concerned that the economic devastation from the coronavirus pandemic will threaten the monthly checks he’s been counting on to fund his retirement.

“We’re riding the first wave of a financial tsunami,” says Shelton, 43, who expects to retire in four years. “We don’t know the financial devastation that’s going to come out of this.”

Before this crisis even began, state pension plans across the country were already more than $1 trillion short of the funding needed to pay their future obligations to retirees, according to retirement experts at The Pew Charitable Trusts.

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