Pennsylvania’s Pension Debt has now passed $66 billion. The new figure is a revision using the 12/31/15 State Employees Retirement System (SERS) report. Prior to its release, the “clock” was based on the 12/31/14 report and adjusted as accurately as possible. And, given the pension fund discount rate of 7.5%, the (old) number increased at $143 per second. (The Public School Employees Retirement System (PSERS), which is added to SERS to reach the $66 billion+ total is based on a 6/30/15 report. So when that new report comes out, I’ll have to recalibrate again.)
With the new SERS report available for analysis, the experts I use to estimate the new total debt, is $66.4484 billion and increases now at $158 per second. I therefore have recalibrated the clock this morning.
So we’re off and running…from an even higher figure, and at a quicker pace.
We Pennsylvanians really know how to screw things up!