Monday, August 4, 2014

Since 2000, NYC Payments For Workers' Pensions Increased From 2 Percent To 11 Percent of The City's Budget

From The New York Times, "New York City Pension System Is Strained by Costs and Politics" by David W Chen and Mary Williams Walsh:
For years, New York City has been dutifully pumping more and more money into its giant pension system for retired city workers.

Next year alone, the city will set aside for pensions more than $8 billion, or 11 percent of the budget. That is an increase of more than 12 times from the city’s outlay in 2000, when the payments accounted for less than 2 percent of the budget.

But instead of getting smaller, the city’s pension hole just keeps getting bigger, forcing progressively more significant cutbacks in municipal programs and services every year.

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