Public pension funds from Rhode Island to California are struggling, but New York state found out this week that retirement contributions by governments, school districts and taxpayers would decrease in the coming fiscal year.

New York Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli announced the unexpected decrease, which will be slight, from an average of 20.9 percent of payroll to 20.1 percent for those in the Employment Retirement System and from 28.9 percent to 27.6 percent for those in the Police and Fire Retirement System.

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