Quickly Paying Down Arizona Pension Debt Is a Win for the State’s Taxpayers
6144926 © Danny Raustadt | Dreamstime.com

Backgrounder

Quickly Paying Down Arizona Pension Debt Is a Win for the State’s Taxpayers

The Arizona state senate is considering a one-time payment for public pension debt that would save taxpayers money.

While the state of Arizona has taken strides to address the Public Safety Personnel Retirement System’s (PSPRS) pension debt in recent years, there are still steps the state can take to improve the plan’s solvency.

The Arizona State Senate’s 2021-2022 budget proposal includes a one-time appropriation of $300 million for a one-time payment on the state’s Department of Public Safety debt within the PSPRS pension system.

By reducing long-term interest costs, is estimated that this one-time payment would save Arizona taxpayers between $9 million and $42 million each year, ultimately providing a total of up to $500 million in taxpayer savings over the next 30 years.

Further analysis of what impact this one-time $300 million contribution could have on the public pension system is provided below.

 

Pro-bono Consulting for Policymakers

Reason Foundation's Pension Integrity Project has helped policymakers across the country implement comprehensive public pension reform.

Sign up below to schedule an initial consultation with our team of independent actuaries and pension reform experts.