KPERS en Education Debate May Shift To Pension Costs <p>The debate over school funding in Kansas may be shifting to focus more on employee pension costs. Tue, 26 Nov 2013 21:52:26 +0000 Stephen Koranda 26836 at Despite Gains Last Year, KPERS Funding Gap Rose By $1 Billion <p>Though the <a href="">Kansas Public Employees Retirement System </a>reported a 14.5 percent net return on investment last year, the fund's gap between assets and liabilities rose by $1 billion last year.</p><p>KPERS executive director Alan Conroy told state lawmakers Wednesday that deferred losses from the market collapse in 2008 are mostly to blame for the system's unfunded liability increase to $10.2 billion.</p> Thu, 05 Sep 2013 18:02:41 +0000 Associated Press 22996 at State Pension Plan Advances In House <p>Kansas House members have given first-round approval to a bill authorizing $1.5 billion in bonds to boost the financial health of the state pension system for teachers and government workers. Tue, 26 Mar 2013 22:21:33 +0000 Associated Press 14750 at Committee Authorizes Bonds To Pay KPERS Debt <p>A state House committee has voted to authorize $1.5 billion dollars in bonds to bolster the state pension system for teachers and state government workers.</p><p>The Pensions and Benefits Committee vote was close- 7-6, and reflected a split of opinions over whether the legislation did enough to address a long-term funding gap facing the pension system.</p> Fri, 22 Mar 2013 11:30:13 +0000 Associated Press 14543 at