California Public Pensions Underfunded by Over $500 Billion: California Healthline

California’s three major public pension funds are underfunded by more than half a trillion dollars, according to a report released Monday, the San Jose Mercury News reports.

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger (R) commissioned the study, which was prepared by graduate students at the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research (Theriault, San Jose Mercury News, 4/5).

The study examined:

The California Public Employees’ Retirement System;
The California State Teachers’ Retirement System; and
The University of California’s retirement system (Walters, “Capitol Alert,” Sacramento Bee, 4/5).
The three systems serve about 2.6 million retirees (Bussewitz, AP/Ventura County Star, 4/5).

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