Sustainable Public Finance Archive

Report: Houston’s financial future will be decided in large part in this legislative session

HOUSTON, TX—The Laura and John Arnold Foundation (LJAF) today released “A Pivotal Moment: Assessing Houston’s Plan for Pension Reform,” a report that provides an in-depth analysis of the City of Houston’s pension reform proposal currently pending in the Texas Legislature. The report finds that the proposal includes important changes that would help protect workers and … Read More

New Report: Austin’s Public Pension Problems Put Booming City at Risk

Austin, Texas —The Laura and John Arnold Foundation (LJAF) today released a new report on the pension problems facing the city of Austin. The report, titled “A Boomtown at Risk: Austin’s Mounting Public Pension Debt” shows that the city has accrued nearly $1.8 billion in pension debt. As a result, pension payments have increased by … Read More

New Report: Dallas Pension Crisis a Warning for Cities Across Texas

DALLAS, TX —The Laura and John Arnold Foundation (LJAF) today published a new report about the urgent problems facing the public pension system in Dallas. The report, “The Dallas Public Pension Crisis: A Warning for Cities Across Texas,” shows that the city’s pension debt has doubled since 2014. It now totals at least $4 billion, … Read More

New Report on Houston Pensions: “Swamped: How Pension Debt Is Sinking the Bayou City”

Houston, TX—This morning, the Laura and John Arnold Foundation (LJAF) held a press conference and released a new report on the state of Houston’s public pension systems, titled, “Swamped: How Pension Debt is Sinking the Bayou City.” The report, co-authored by Josh McGee, LJAF Vice President of Public Accountability, and Michelle Welch, LJAF Public Accountability … Read More

Report: PERA’s $26 billion shortfall threatens public workers, taxpayers

June 15, 2015 – A report issued today shows Colorado’s rising public pension costs are threatening workers’ retirement security and funding for essential public services. The report, Risky Retirement: Colorado’s Uncertain Future and Opportunities for Reform, was published by the Laura and John Arnold Foundation. The Foundation’s retirement security experts work with cities and states … Read More