Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Public Pension Crisis: The Ticking Time Bomb. Cable TV Series (12 min Video Preview Here)


Los Angeles, CA Following a panel discussion entitled: "The Ticking Time Bomb" at the Milken Institute's State of the State Conference in the fall of 2006, the first public predictions regarding the "unfunded public employee retirement benefits of $300 to $400 billion are revealed"
The Full Disclosure Network® presents a two-part cable tv series that includes an exclusive interview with public finance expert B. Scott Minerd, CEO Guggernheim Partners Asset Manaegment who provides insight and analysis on the looming financial disaster in California. DVDs of the complete series are available from the website. A twelve minute video preview from the series is available here.

Featured in the series are:
  • B. Scott Minerd, CEO Guggenheim Partners Asset Management
  • Hon. Keith Richman, Calif. State Assembly
  • Carl De Maio, CEO Performance Institute
  • Jack Ehnes, CEO CALSTERS Pension System
  • Dave Low, CA School Employees Association
  • Barbara Lloyd, Sr. VP Lehman Brothers

    Here are hightlights from each segment: of the series:

    Segment #1:
    When serving as Managing Director of Credit Suisse Scott Minerd described how he exposed the risky derivative securities which directly led to the liquidation of the Orange County investment portfolio and the county's subsequent bankruptcy."

    Segment #2: Will Municipal bankruptcies spread across California? Minerd suggests that pension benefit debt is unanticipated by the public and bond rating companies. The $300-$400 billion debt is "present value" but Minerd adds" the actual sum is
    more likely a trillion dollars."
    Segment #3: Assemblyman Keith Richman cites San Diego, Contra Costa and Orange Counties have billions in unfunded public employee pension benefits. Minerd suggestions to head off crisis. (1) Attempt to fund now (2) Ignore and pay as you go (3) Break promises made to public employees by redefining benefits, employees work longer, caps on benefits.

    Segment #4: Carl DeMaio CEO Performance Institute cites retroactive benefits approved by elected officials, and pension benefit debt is $130 billion before unfunded health care benefits that is three times all outstanding debt now in California. Keith Richman cites State Legislative Analyst reports that School Districts are likely to go bankrupt.

    Segment #5: Only ten percent of Counties have funded or partially funded public employee benefit plans. Plans include coverage for spouses, survivors even after medicare age, according to Barbara Lloyd, Sr. VP Lehman Bros.

    Segment #6: 2006 Infrastructure Bonds of $40 billion to cost $40 billion in interest. Minerd suggests that when voters approved the bonds "all it did was allow the state to spend more on other things and not to address the true fiscal issues."

1 comment:

  1. Pension crisis

    I do not think that any elected officials have a viable solution to the pension deficit issue which will continue to grow.

    As I said before there is no simple solution. This is an issue that affects every level of government (City, County, State, Federal, Etc.). No one solution or one individual can solve this problem. It would take a committee with multitude of financial planners and an open mind to modify the plan as it progresses, when some facets of the plan do not work as anticipated.

    But as the crisis grows, we as people of this great country must put our differences aside and work for the common goals and restore our City, State and the Nation to the spirit of our founding fathers.

    I think that every politician or candidate should state what they propose to do to correct the situation and not attack their opponent or the opposition.

    Tell me and or show me what you can do, not what the other did not do or did wrong.

    Action speaks louder than words.

    We need to remain vigilant, especially as the City of Los Angeles is facing a monumental fiscal crisis.

    Public confidence in the integrity of the Government is indispensable to faith in democracy; and when we lose faith in the system, we have lost faith in everything we fight and spend for.

    Thank you

    YJ Draiman for Mayor of LA