But what about funding retiree health benefits liability. Pew reports, "States had only about $31 billion, or 5 percent, saved toward their obligations for retiree health care benefits." NY had $56.3 billion dollars in retiree health benefits unfunded and according to Pew had 0.0% in its retiree health benefits funding account. While NJ had $66.7 billion in retiree health benefits, also funded at 0.0%.
New Yorkers now have another $56.3 billion dollars divided by 19.4 million NY population = $2,902 debt per person to add to the already calculated $24,195 State and local debt per person (link). We have a new higher total of $27,097 State and local debt per person or $108,388 for a family of four.
Is the NY pot blacker than the NJ kettle? Will investors want NY bonds or NJ bonds? Neither NJ or NY can't withdraw from the USA like Greece and issue their own worthless currency to pay off its bondholders.
But in Albany, the thinking is, "What debt crisis? Our pensions are 100% funded, aren't they? We can fund retiree health benefits next year, right? Andrew Cuomo has brought Hope and Change and balanced the budget, right?" Although, Andrew Cuomo had promised to throttle lobbyists in NY, "Spending on lobbying in New York tops $200 million in 2010." And lobbyists are controlling his committees.
Meanwhile out in the cruel dark financial world outside Albany, China is reducing its holding of US debt. link to China and NY debt link to NY bondholders lose big in NY bankruptcy/default
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