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New Jersey Prepares to Raise Taxes on “Almost Everything” as it Nears Financial Disaster

from Zero Hedge

Last week we noted that in what was a radical U-turn to what other public pension funds have been doing in recent years – most notably Calpers – the struggling New Jersey public pension system decided that instead of lowering its expected rate of return, it would raise it, from 7% to 7.5%.

The simple reason behind this odd increase in projected returns was an accounting sleight of hand which would allow the state of New Jersey to save some $238 million in pension contributions as a result of the higher discount rate applied to the fund’s liabilities. And with a pension funding level of only 37% for the 2015 fiscal year, the worst of any state in the US, New Jersey would gladly take even the most glaring accounting gimmickry that would delay its inevitable death.

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