Nebraska sealOn December 10, 2013, I am honored to testify before the Nebraska Legislature’s Retirement Systems Committee hosted by its chairperson, Senator Jeremy Nordquist. The hearing will discuss LR344, legislation calling for an interim study to examine the availability and adequacy of retirement savings of Nebraska’s private sector workers.

In the last 10 years, Nebraska has seen a decline of 9% in the number of employers offering retirement plans to their workers, dropping from 66% to 57%. As a remedy to a looming retirement crisis caused by a lack of retirement income, I propose Nebraska open up its public pension system to private sector employees by creating State GRA accounts. This would provide residents access to professional money managers and allow them to choose among a variety of investments, including a guaranteed fund similar to the Thrift Savings Plans offered to federal employees and the TIAA-CREF plan offered to university professors.