The Protecting Local Government Retirement and Benefits Act (the Act) addressed underfunding issues associated with pension plans and retiree medical plans in Michigan that are sponsored by local governments. Prescribed actuarial assumptions used to make calculations have not yet been set. This paper by Milliman consultants Tim Herman and Jack Chmielewski aims to help stakeholders of Michigan’s many local government pension and other post-employment benefit programs develop informed expectations around the range of outcomes that could result from the state treasurer’s decisions about actuarial assumptions as they relate to the Act.
GASB Statement 73 is for accounting and financial reporting for pensions not within the scope of GASB Statement 68, and applies for employer fiscal years beginning after June 15, 2016. GASB 73 applies to retirement plans (both defined benefit and defined contribution) that either do not have any dedicated assets associated with them or have assets that are not in a trust meeting certain requirements. With no assets in an irrevocable trust, the entire total pension liability is shown on the employer’s balance sheet under GASB 73.
Implementation of GASB 73 will result in required enhancements to financial statement disclosures by establishing a single framework for the presentation of information about pensions, which will enhance the comparability of pension-related information reported by employer and non-employer contributing entities. Milliman’s Jack Chmielewski provides perspective in this PERiScope article.