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KPERS Board to Consider Lowering Fiscal Forecast

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The return on investments made by the Kansas Public Employees Retirement System hasn't consistently lived up to estimates. That and future forecasts may lead KPERS officials to lower their expected rate of return next month. As Stephen Koranda reports, lowering the forecast could have significant consequences.

Kansas has been wrangling with a long-term deficit in KPERS -- one that runs into the billions of dollars.

The state has increased payments to the system and has made other changes aimed at eliminating the deficit, but all those plans hinge on KPERS getting an 8 percent return on its investments. If that figure is lowered, the financial hole would get deeper.

At a recent legislative meeting, KPERS Executive Director Alan Conroy said they’ve been gathering information and crunching numbers.

“Then it will be up to the board based on that if they want to revise it. Certainly, as we look to other trust funds, the movement has been to something less than 8 percent,” says Conroy.

That could lead Kansas to lower the estimate, perhaps to 7.5 percent. The board could make that decision at a meeting next month or wait until next year.

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