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Teachers and School Districts Agree More Pension Funding Needed
Jack Ehnes with the California State Teachers' Retirement System or CalSTRS says if the retirement system is to be fully-funded within 30 years, all of the groups and the State of California must increase contributions by more than $4 billion-per-year.
"Recessions took such a sizeable bite out of the assets of the system or any system like that, you must increase the contributions and usually quickly to change that path."
"Having a secure retirement is of paramount value along with the piece of mind it will bring to our current and future members and retirees," Baker says.
Baker and a representative of the California School Administrators spoke at the first in a series of Assembly hearings at the California State Capitol Wednesday.
Based on the current value of the fund's assets, Governor Jerry Brown says the shortfall is actually $80 billion.
Together, employers, employees, and state contributions make up about 40-percent of the Cal STRS pension fund. Investments make up the rest.
Cal STRS will develop funding scenarios for all contributors to add $4.2 billion to the fund this year with an increase every year after that.
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