Research and Resources
September 18, 2020
Based on the Center’s survey of state and local government employees’ views on how COVID-19 is impacting their job and finances, this infographic shows the data for African American respondents. Topics include how the virus has affected job functions, financial conditions, retirement planning, perceived risk, remote work, and emotional reactions.
Amid COVID-19 Pandemic, Local Government Pension Plans Funded Ratios Hold Steady in Fiscal Year 2020
August 18, 2020
A new analysis of local public pension plans indicates that despite the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and economic downturn, local government pension plans will see virtually no change in their average funded ratio during fiscal year 2020. Moreover, projections indicate that local pensions are quite sustainable on a cash-flow basis, and most can pay benefits indefinitely […]
August 11, 2020
From SLGE’s recent survey on state and local government employee views on COVID-19, this infographic summarizes opinions shared by employees in K-12 education. Topics range from health and safety to financial uncertainty and how they feel about serving the public during this difficult time. Click here to access slides and a recording from a related […]
July 28, 2020
This quick reference guide is offered to outline: (1) what is meant by financial wellness (sometimes referred to as financial literacy or financial education); (2) what topics are included in employer-provided financial wellness programs; (3) what formats are typically used to offer and communicate program content; (4) what barriers employers must address and overcome in […]
June 23, 2020
This guide reviews areas where communication, training, planning, and response can better serve the public health needs of community residents, active duty military, dependents, and civilian employees, while building enduring relationships of trust and collaboration between the military base leadership and city/county management.
June 23, 2020
SLGE has completed two collections of case studies on shared staffing in public health, along with a related checklist for pursuing such arrangements, and a report on local government-military public health collaborations. This link brings together all those resources in a single location.
June 18, 2020
As the coronavirus outbreak continues to present many challenges to state and local governments, a new national poll reveals that public employees are deeply worried about their personal safety, family finances, losing their job, furloughs, and pay and benefit reductions. Despite their concerns, the research finds that public employees value serving their communities during this difficult time and feel that working in the public sector during the pandemic is a source of pride.
June 18, 2020
Based on a survey of state and local employees’ views on COVID-19 and the impacts on their finances, job, debt profile and other issues, this infographic notes both the ways in which they and their families have been affected and the continuing satisfaction they draw from public service, even in the midst of the pandemic. […]
June 4, 2020
With schools facing unprecedented challenges in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Center for State and Local Government Excellence (SLGE) and ICMA-RC have released new research that assesses K-12 public school employees’ views on their job and benefit satisfaction, familiarity with mutual funds and annuities, sources of financial information, debt, and school diversity. The […]
May 12, 2020
A new analysis of state and local public pension plans indicates that these retirement plans will end fiscal year 2020 with negative annual investment returns, reduced asset values, lower funded ratios and higher actuarial costs. Additionally, the research indicates that plan finances will continue to decline in the wake of the economic downturn. These findings […]
April 30, 2020
New research from finds a steady increase in telework among state and local government employees (27 percent), the highest share since 2016 (22 percent). This practice is more common in state agencies (64 percent) than local jurisdictions (19 percent). The increase may relate to the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic that overlapped with this research. […]
April 13, 2020
As many state and local employees face increased financial challenges and stress amid the coronavirus pandemic, a new report finds that these public employees already were worried about their personal finances. Prior to the current global health crisis, the vast majority, 88 percent, worried about their personal finances and financial decisions, and many worry while […]