South Carolina lawmakers have undertaken reforms to address some of the serious issues with their state’s pension system, but major changes are still needed to prevent future budget problems. In 2012, the state increased employee and employer contribution rates for the South Carolina Retirement System (SCRS), the state’s public pension fund. The increase affected current members as well as new hires. The 2012 reforms also reduced the expected rate of return for pension investments and reduced the minimum cost-of-living benefit increase. In 2000 and 2002, the state created optional defined-contribution plans for existing and new state and local government employees and teachers.
In today’s edition of The Heartland Daily Podcast, Jesse Hathaway, managing editor of Budget & Tax News speaks with John Berlau. Berlau is a senior fellow at the Competitive Enterprise Institute. Hathaway and Berlau talk about the U.S. Department of Labor’s proposed conflict-of-interest rule, a regulation on retirement investment brokers that would put professional investment advisors out of the reach of millions of investors, and rack up billions of dollars in compliance costs.
It’s like putting your money in a bank. But instead of the bank paying you interest…you pay the bank interest.
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