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2013 Senate Bill 359: Require semi-annual state unfunded liability estimates
  1. Introduced by Sen. Darwin Booher (R) on May 14, 2013, to require the twice-a-year state “revenue estimating conferences” at which state officials and academic economists estimate how much tax and fee revenue the state can expect to collect (and spend) in the coming year, to also estimate the state’s unfunded liabilities. These are primarily the product of “defined benefit” government and school employee pension plans for which the legislature has failed to set aside sufficient money to pay promised future benefits. State employees hired since 1997 receive 401(k) “defined contribution” benefits that create no new taxpayer liabilities, but new school employees continue to be enrolled in these underfunded pension plans and create new taxpayer liabilities.
    • Referred to the Senate Appropriations Committee on May 14, 2013.
      • Reported in the Senate on September 30, 2014, with the recommendation that the substitute (S-2) be adopted and that the bill then pass.

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