The Next Chicago? Houston Faces Pension Crisis In Latest Example Of Local Government Fiscal Folly

Monday, November 16, 2015
By Paul Martin

by Tyler Durden
ZeroHedge.com
11/16/2015

When it comes to state and local government crises, Illinois and Chicago, respectively, have become the poster children for what not to do if you want to be considered fiscally responsible.

Illinois’ budget crisis was thrust into the national spotlight earlier this year when a State Supreme Court struck down a pension reform bid, setting off a series of events which culminated in Moody’s downgrading the city of Chicago to junk.

From there, the nation media picked up on the story, leading to all sorts of amusing coverage including several pieces documenting the plight of Illinois lottery “winners” who the state began paying in IOUs thanks to the fact that Springfield couldn’t pass a budget even with the help of $30,000/month “guru” and Laffer disciple Donna Arduin.

The fiasco culminated in the October announcement by Comptroller Leslie Geissler Munger that the state would miss a $560 million pension payment in November. As a reminder, here’s a look at Illinois pension problem:

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