Locally administered public pension plans, which had lagged behindstate plans in funding levels, are making some progress, graduallyclosing the gap between the two.

That’s according to a brief from the Center for Retirement Research atBoston College. In its last comprehensive review of locallyadministered plans’ funded status compared with that of stateplans, conducted in 2011, state plans were better funded with localplans trailing.

But there have been lots of changes since then, with numerousreforms to both state and local plans seeking to control risingpension costs and limit liability growth.

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