The Montana pension system is in a deep financial hole which jeopardizes retirement benefits for all current state retirees and current employees as well. During the 2008 recession the DOW dropped from 14,000 down to 7,000 in early 2009. The pension investments dropped from $8.5 billion down to just over $5 billion… a $3.5 billion hole
Given the fact that Montana continuously ranks near dead last in the country in average wages and our “low-income neighborhoods” arguably encompass our whole state, it should not go un-noticed that Montana also ranks dead last nationally in educational choice reforms as well. The Center for Education Reform ranks Montana 51st (even behind Washington D.C.) in its Parent Power Index.