2007 House Bill 4530 ↩
Senate Roll Call 135:
To allow a one-time revision in the formula used by the school employee pension fund to determine how large an annual state contribution is required to cover part of the liability created by promising school employees a defined level of annual post-retirement pension benefits in the years ahead. One of the elements in actuarial liability projections is the value of equities (stocks) in the pension fund’s portfolio, and the usual practice in determining the required annual contribution is to use a five-year moving average of their value, to account for market fluctuations. The bill would allow a one-year average, which given a strong stock market in the past year, has the effect of reducing the state contribution by $190 million less than the true actuarially sound amount, under generally accepted accounting principles. Also, to allow a one-time only “interest only” pension contribution, which is $93 million less than the true actuarially sound amount. The bill began as part of Gov. Granholm’s plan to close a gap between desired spending and expected revenues in Fiscal Year 2006-2007, and this element has also been adopted as part of a work-in-progress consensus plan to close part of the gap.