Welcome to PERAtour

A statewide conversation about PERA taking place
in-person and online throughout 2017 to address PERA's current funded status and risk profile.
 
Click here to view the recommended package of changes to the plan the PERA Board of Trustees is endorsing as of the September 2017 Board meeting.

What is PERAtour?

PERA is one of the most significant—and least understood—forces in Colorado’s economy and job market. The shifting economy and state demographics are bringing change to the retirement security of 550,000 public workers, such as teachers, snowplow drivers, State Troopers, and many others who provide valuable services across the state. We are hosting a statewide conversation to find out what the future should look like, and we value your input. Join us.

Why is PERA significant?

Why is PERA significant?

Our schools, highways, and other services are only as good as the talent we attract and retirement security helps recruit and retain quality people. More Coloradans with retirement income means more discretionary spending in our local economies, in addition to less need for public assistance for those who served our state.

Why are we talking about this now?

Why are we talking about this now?

PERA is adaptable and has had to accommodate changing conditions in the past—most recently after the Great Recession in 2008. In 2010, PERA worked with the Colorado Legislature to make significant changes to put the system back on track. Since then, conditions have changed, and the risk profile of the system is too high. While not the same as 2008, we must plan now to ensure future sustainability.

What have we learned so far?

What have we learned so far?

During the first phase of PERAtour, we heard from 900+ attendees at our community meetings—and thousands more online—on the principles and priorities that should guide potential changes to the plan to help reduce PERA's risk profile. Here's what they said.

  • Why is PERA significant?

    Our schools, highways, and other services are only as good as the talent we attract and retirement security helps recruit and retain quality people. More Coloradans with retirement income means more discretionary spending in our local economies, in addition to less need for public assistance for those who served our state.

  • Why are we talking about this now?

    PERA is adaptable and has had to accommodate changing conditions in the past—most recently after the Great Recession in 2008. In 2010, PERA worked with the Colorado Legislature to make significant changes to put the system back on track. Since then, conditions have changed, and the risk profile of the system is too high. While not the same as 2008, we must plan now to ensure future sustainability.

  • Want to get involved?

    We’re traveling the state and using this website to engage stakeholders in conversations about the issues, and gather input on options to adapt PERA to a growing Colorado and changing environment. Take a look at our events page to see when we’ll be in a community near you.

Our Journey

PERAtour consists of five phases taking place in 2017 and early 2018. Track our progress by checking this site regularly.

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