‘Tis the holiday season. While most folks now have visions of sugar plums dancing through their heads, we at the National Public Pension Coalition are still focused on protecting a secure retirement for teachers, firefighters, nurses, and other public employees. But just like a certain jolly old man up north, we keep a naughty and nice list. Here’s a look at who’s been naughty and who’s been nice this year when it comes to public pensions.



  • Wyoming Governor Matt Mead strongly supports the state’s defined benefit pension system. Not only does Wyoming make its annually required contribution to the pension system each year, but Governor Mead participated in a video promoting the value of the system for public employees.
  • Wisconsin State Senator Dave Hansen has introduced a bill that would create a pension system for private workers that is modeled after the highly successful Wisconsin Retirement System for public employees. His bill recently received a hearing in the Wisconsin State Senate.
  • The nurses, librarians, firefighters, and many other public employees who do so much to strengthen our communities and keep the public safe. We are grateful for your service.

Everyone at NPPC wishes you a happy holiday season! Here’s hoping you don’t get coal in your stocking like John Arnold.