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Van Iwaarden Associates to continue as Commission Actuary for two more years

The Commission, acting through its Executive Committee, has approved the extension of the Commission's contract with local actuarial firm, Van Iwaarden Associates (VIA), for another two years. The contract was due to expire on January 21, 2023. Under the terms of the extension, VIA will perform actuarial audits of St. Paul Teachers Retirement Fund Association and the MSRS and PERA Correctional Plans in 2023 and the Police and Fire Plan and State Patrol Plan in 2024. VIA will also review the quadrennial experience studies for the MSRS and PERA General Plans and TRA in 2024.

New webpage for required filings added to website

The Commission has added a new webpage, called "Mandatory Reporting to the LCPR", to its website, at the link under "Quick Links" on the right side of the home page. Legislators, staff, and the public will be able to access annual filings required by statute. So far, filings that are now available for viewing are:

  • by the City of St. Paul and the St. Paul Public Schools, regarding the number of trades employees participating in both a multiemployer plan and PERA, and
  • by 403(b) and 457(b) plan administrators or custodians, regarding investment fees and rates of return for these plans.

Commission staff hope to add access to the "Investment Business Recipient Disclosure Forms" that are required to be filed annually by all volunteer fire relief associations that offer a retirement plan in the months to come.

Governor signs 2022 Pension and Retirement Omnibus Policy Bill

The Governor signed the Commission's omnibus policy bill on May 22, 2022. Find links to Chapter 65 and summaries of the bill as passed on the 2022 Pension and Retirement Bills page.

911 Telecommunicator Pension Benefits Working Group Report submitted to the LCPR

Laws 2021, Chapter 22, Article 9, Section 1, required the Commission to convene a working group for the purpose of studying 911 telecommunicator pension benefits. You can find information on the Working Group (meetings, agendas, etc.) on the 911 Telecommunicators Pension Benefits Working Group page.

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Minnesota News

new State Board of Investment selects Jill Schurtz as next Executive Director and Chief Investment Officer.

The Minnesota State Board of Investment voted on August 24, 2022, to select Jill Schurtz to serve as the Executive Director and Chief Investment Officer, to succeed Mansco Perry III, who is retiring in October. Ms. Schurtz has served as the CIO and Executive Director of the St. Paul Teachers Retirement Fund Association since 2014. The SBI, which oversees over $120 billion in state pension and other funds, consists of Governor Tim Walz, State Auditor Julie Blaha, Secretary of State Steve Simon, and Attorney General Keith Ellison. Read more...

new State Board of Investment reports -6.4% investment return for the Combined Funds for the Fiscal Year ending June 30, 2022.

The Combined Funds represent the assets for both the active and retired public employees in the statewide retirement systems, the biggest of which are the Public Employees Retirement Association (PERA), the Teachers Retirement Association (TRA), and the Minnesota State Retirement System (MSRS). The SBI commingles the assets of these plans into the Combined Funds. Read more...

Perry begins final lap at the Minnesota state agency that actually makes money (Star Tribune)

"Mansco Perry, a veteran of the Twin Cities financial scene, has led the State Board of Investment since 2013 and seen its assets nearly double in that time to $130 billion."

"Mansco Perry, who is nearing retirement after leading the Minnesota State Board of Investment (SBI) for nearly a decade, jokes that he has a vested interest in having a successor who is more skillful than him..." Read more...

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National News

NASRA publishes rate of return assumptions for public pension plans as of February 2022

The National Association of State Retirement Administrators (NASRA) recently published investment return assumptions by plan. Read More...

Sagging Stocks Aren't the Only Threat to Pension Plans (Governing)

The National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) on market volatility and the state of the state of public pension funds (and the "smart moves" being made by certain funds to lower their investment ROR assumption).

"Last year, pension plans enjoyed big returns in the market, bringing their balances back to levels not seen since the Great Recession. They are still $1 trillion..." Read more...

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