The Washington Post

We explain why the nation is facing a severe pension crisis -- in two charts.

  • Michael Fletcher
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  • Economy
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  • Feb 26, 2014
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A new report finds that states often spend more on tax breaks and subsidies for businesses than funding their bloated pension plans.

When people have to choose to put away money for retirement, those without much will save less.

The government is suddenly assuming unfunded pension promises will come true. That makes America's retirement plan look better than it is.

Detroit currently owes $3.5 billion on its pension funds and can't pay. How did it reach this point?

  • Brad Plumer
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  • Jul 19, 2013
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The decline of coal has left hundreds of thousands of retired miners, many of them with severe ailments, at risk of losing their health and pension benefits.

  • Brad Plumer
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  • Mar 7, 2013
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