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Public Employees Retirement Association (PERA)

      Justin is proud to have State Treasurer Walker Stapleton supporting and advising his campaign.  Walker has taken a lead on diffusing this ticking time-bomb for taxpayers.

      Colorado’s government employee pension program is in trouble.  Estimates state that PERA is somewhere between a $21 billion and $41 billion unfunded liability.  To put this in perspective: our entire state budget is $20 billion.  Self-interested individuals have been overseeing PERA, and have been doling out unsustainable benefits, including early retirement at a significant portion of the retirees salary.  In November of 2011, PERA was still counting on an 8% return, and this is completely unrealistic.



Three Short-term Fixes For PERA:

  1.  Change the make-up of the PERA Board from PERA enrollees to actual financial professionals that don’t have a self-interest.
  2. Change the benefits, and raise the retirement age for PERA (again).
  3. Switch from a defined benefits plan (You are guaranteed X amount of dollars when you retire at age X), to a defined contribution plan (you contribute part of your salary, and the market will dictate what you get when you retire).

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