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Dec 05, 2014, 16:29 ET

Rising Health Care Costs Drive Local Governments To Shift Strategies

Although health care costs have slowed recently, rising costs over the last decade have prompted many local governments to make changes to their...

Jul 02, 2014, 15:39 ET

An Update On Pension Obligation Bonds

A new issue brief from the Center for State and Local Government Excellence examines the rationale for issuing Pension Obligation Bonds (POBs) and...

Jun 05, 2014, 12:24 ET

New Report: State/Local Pension Plans Still Recovering from Recession

The Center for State and Local Government Excellence 2014 report of state and local government pension funding finds that many plans are still...

May 20, 2014, 09:00 ET

State And Local Government Hiring Again

 Local and state governments continue their hiring trend although their workforces are still smaller since the 2008 economic downturn;...

Apr 25, 2014, 14:54 ET

Work Longer, Save More: How Changes In State Pension Plans Affect Retirement Income Of Public Employees

 A new report from the Center for State and Local Government Excellence and the National Association of State Retirement Administrators gauges...

Apr 24, 2014, 08:00 ET

Defined Contribution Plans In The Public Sector: An Update

The 2008 financial crisis prompted many state and local governments to make changes to their defined benefit pensions, most often raising employee...

Dec 11, 2013, 17:17 ET

Are City Fiscal Woes Widespread? Are Pensions The Cause?

New Center for Excellence issue brief Detroit's bankruptcy and Chicago's pension problems have prompted a wave of speculation about city...

Nov 21, 2013, 13:38 ET

Fiscal Constraints Strain Local Health Department Workforce: Recruiting and Retaining Skilled Workers a Top Concern New report from the Center for Excellence and University of Illinois at Chicago

A new report finds that local health departments face significant workforce recruitment, retention, and succession planning challenges as they try...

Jun 27, 2013, 10:33 ET

New Center for Excellence issue brief: The Funding of State and Local Pensions: 2012-2016

 A new issue brief from the Center for State and Local Government Excellence, The Funding of State and Local Pensions: 2012-2016, looks at the...

Jun 12, 2013, 15:11 ET

Retiree Health Care Benefits for State Employees in 2013

The Center for State and Local Government Excellence and National Association of State Retirement Administrators (NASRA) have published a new...

May 14, 2013, 18:02 ET

State And Local Government Workforce: 2013 Trends

As local and state government workers head for the exits, human resources managers say their top concern is staff development.  "State and...

Apr 24, 2013, 11:50 ET

Future of Retirement Summit: Widespread changes to retirement plans debated

 Aging workers and widespread changes to retirement plans challenge state and local governments. Nationally recognized experts and...

Jan 31, 2013, 07:00 ET

Locally-Administered Pension Plan Funding Lags That Of State Plans

New Center for Excellence issue brief  A new issue brief from the Center for State and Local Government Excellence, Locally-Administered...

Sep 27, 2012, 13:02 ET

New Center for Excellence issue brief: The Business Case For Wellness Programs In Public Employee Health Plans

 A new issue brief from the Center for State and Local Government Excellence, The Business Case for Wellness Programs in Public Employee Health...

Aug 29, 2012, 10:32 ET

State Health Plans in Fiscal Austerity: The Challenge of Improving Benefits While Moderating Costs

New Center for Excellence issue brief  Like all employers, state and local governments must control health care costs while still...

Aug 06, 2012, 06:00 ET

Legal Constraints On Changes In State And Local Pensions

New Center for Excellence issue brief A new issue brief from the Center for State and Local Government Excellence, Legal Constraints on...

Jun 28, 2012, 10:03 ET

Public Pension Plan Reforms Help Improve Finances, Still Provide Retirement Security For Workers

Center for Excellence update on reforms made by five governments  New fact sheets from the Center for State and Local Government...

May 07, 2012, 10:35 ET

The Funding of State and Local Pensions: 2011-2015

New Center for Excellence issue brief  A new issue brief from the Center for State and Local Government Excellence, The Funding of State...

Apr 18, 2012, 15:15 ET

Financial Pressures Constrain State and Local Government Hiring: Study Shows Layoffs Have Slowed but Pay Freezes and Benefit Cuts Continue

A new survey by the Center for State and Local Government Excellence finds that more than half of state and local governments still have a pay...

Sep 28, 2011, 12:12 ET

CITIES AND HEALTH CARE: Promising Strategies to Control Costs

Public and private employers face the same challenge:  how to control the continuing growth in health care costs?  A new issue brief from...