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Kan. pension system's funding gap jumps to $10.2B

Published on -9/5/2013, 8:01 AM

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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) -- The Kansas public pension system says it had robust investment gains last year but still saw its long-term funding gap grow to $10.2 billion.

The Topeka Capital-Journal reports (http://bit.ly/17FG3ki ) the gap widened because the Kansas Public Employees Retirement System was still booking deferred losses from the 2008 collapse of financial markets.

A Kansas House committee reviewed the figures Wednesday.

The gap represents the difference between anticipated revenues and promised benefits through 2033. The figure for the end of 2011 was about $9.2 billion.

KPERS reported earning 14.5 percent on its investments last year. Also, legislators enacted laws in 2011 and 2012 to overhaul the pension system to boost its long-term financial health.

But the system's assets would cover only 56 percent of its long-term commitments.

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