Public Pensions, the Blob, and the end of California/the world

Mike Riggs Contributor

This is bad, but not surprising:

A study released Monday by Stanford University estimates that California’s three largest state-operated, public-employee pension funds—the California Public Employees’ Retirement System, California State Teachers’ Retirement System and University of California Retirement System—currently face a total shortfall of more than $500 billion.

The figure dwarfs the funds’ own combined shortfall estimate of $55 billion as of July 2008, according to the report, which doesn’t account for the more than $100 billion loss sustained by the funds during the recession. That adds a further wrinkle to California’s already precarious fiscal situation.

Public pensions are like, like, uh, THE BLOB, for crap’s sake. (Via Greg Pollowitz)