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   The 2018 Omnibus Pension and Retirement Bill becomes law upon signing by the Governor on May 31

On Thursday, May 31, Governor Dayton signed S.F. 2620, which had been unanimously approved by both the House of Representatives and the Senate during the 2018 legislative session. The new law makes changes to pension benefits, increases employer and employee contributions, and appropriates funding to help pay for the increases. All the state's public pension plans are impacted by the bill, including volunteer firefighter relief association plans. The new law is Chapter 211 of the Minnesota 2018 session laws. For summaries and actuarial and fiscal analyses, see:

  1. Summary
  2. Table of Contents
  3. Section-by-Section Summary
  4. List of Source Bills
  5. Actuarial Analysis of the Impact of the Bill Over a 30-Year Period, prepared by the pension funds
  6. Funded Status of the Retirement Plans as of 6/30/2018
  7. Appropriation Tracking (revised), prepared by Senate Fiscal Staff

  Impact of the 2018 Omnibus Pension Bill by retirement system:

MSRS Plans    PERA Plans    TRA    SPTRFA

   LCPR Executive Director publishes in The NAPPA Report: Public Pension Plan Reforms and IRS Pick-Up Requirements

The federal law requirements that allow mandatory employee contributions to public pension plans may limit the alternatives available for increasing contributions and reforming pension benefits to reduce liabilities. Ms. Lenczewski describes the requirements and their impact on reforms and suggests solutions...

   Assessing the health of Minnesota's Pension Plans (Capitol Report)

The current chair of the LCPR, Senator Julie Rosen, R-Vernon Center, and a former chair, Senator Sandra Pappas, DFL-St. Paul, join Capitol Report moderator Shannon Loehrke to discuss the health of the state's pension plans, which provide pensions to state, county, municipal, school district, and other public employees.
Watch Sen. Rosen's interview (YouTube)    Watch Sen. Pappas' interview (YouTube)


Minnesota News

  Editorial: Pension bill was 2018 bright spot for Minnesota Legislature (Star Tribune)

Shared sacrifice allowed for a win-win result for all concerned...

  Mark Dayton's last bill: Stability for 511,000 state workers' pensions (Pioneer Press, Christopher Magan)

Gov. Dayton held a signing ceremony that was "packed to the rafters...

  Editorial: Unanimously passed pension repair. Wow. (Pioneer Press)

Amid the dysfunction at the Capitol, Minnesotans should take note of a surprising example of good governing...

  Pension bill in limbo as legislative session progresses (Star Tribune, Jessie Van Berkel)

Teachers, firefighters and other public employees who plan to retire have a stake in a political showdown at the State Capitol. Minnesota's public employee pension funds have been strained as baby boomers retire and people live longer and would eventually run out of money to support retirees without changes to how they're funded...

  Minnesota House should act on clean pension bill (Star Tribune editorial)

Keep partisan poison pills away from a needed funding boost...a robust bill to prop up Minnesota's listing pension funds for public employees - including teachers and state and local government workers - won 66-0 approval in the state Senate. That bill now heads to the House, which ought to give it prompt no-nonsense attention. Why such enthusiasm for a pension bill? Reasons abound...

  Senate moves to fix Minnesota pension plans (Pioneer Press, Don Davis)

Many Minnesota government pension plans are paying out more than they are taking in. State Sen. Julie Rosen, R-Vernon Center, says that is troubling. Her colleagues agreed Monday when they unanimously approved her bill that increases funding going into the pension plans and slightly cuts some benefits...

  Moody's affirms credit rating for Minneapolis and revises outlook to negative..."

Moody's Investors Service affirms Minneapolis, MN's Aa1 general obligation unlimited tax (GOULT) rating. The city has $679 million of outstanding general obligation (GO) debt. The outlook has been revised to negative...

  Minnesota's systems seek legislative action on proposed reforms (MSRS/PERA/TRA, StarTribune)

The complexity of the systems makes it easy to underestimate their value and for opponents to use data selectively...

  Minnesota's public-pension system is in crisis (K. Crockett, StarTribune)

State's system is losing ground fast, relative to others. Here's why...

  How healthy are Minnesota's pensions? Depends on where you look (Pioneer Press)

Minnesota's pension plans have long had a reputation as safe and solid...

  Minnesota looking at moving to strategic asset allocation, returns 15.1% in fiscal year (P&I)

Minnesota State Board of Investment is considering restructuring its approximately $65 billion retirement investment portfolio into more strategically oriented categories...

State Board of Investment News

  Minnesota CIO layers on risk-focused approach to investing (Pensions & Investments)

SBI's leader is taking a risk-focused approach to its investment strategy, adding a stand-alone U.S. Treasury allocation...


National News

  Minnesota Governor Signs Pension Law to Cut Deficit (Bloomberg Law)

The new law is designed to slash the $17.1 billion pension funding deficit by about $3.4 billion...

  New Math Deals Minnesota's Pensions the Biggest Hit in the U.S. (Bloomberg)

Minnesota's debt to its workers' retirement system has soared by $33.4 billion, or $6,000 for every resident, courtesy of accounting rules.
Links to MN Plans' GASB Reports

  States face costly future if their citizens fail to save enough for retirement (NCSL)

Most Americans are not saving enough for retirement. The problem is especially severe among small-business employees, low-income workers and communities of color. On the brink of a national retirement security crisis, state lawmakers are stepping into the breach with a spectrum of innovative solutions...