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#375: Promises, Promises

May 30th, 2012

Episode 481 of 974 episodes

States across the country have promised their employees sweet retirement benefits, but haven't set aside enough money to pay for those benefits.On today's show, we hear from Illinois, which owes its state pension funds $83 billion.And we hear from the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, a U.S. territory halfway around the world. The territory may point to the future for many U.S. states: It just became the first American public pension fund to file for bankruptcy.

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