Pension Resources

Blog Posts and Fact Sheets

  • OK Policy Blog Post: Moving new employees into 401(k)s would endanger existing pensions, increase costs to taxpayers (February 2014)
  • OK Policy Blog Post: The pension crisis is over (Oct. 2013)
  • Fact Sheet: Oklahoma Teachers Retirement System (Sept. 2013)
  • Fact Sheet: Oklahoma Firefighters Pension and Retirement System (Sept 2013)
  • OK Policy blog post: On pensions, beware May surprises (April 2013)
  • OK Policy blog post: Legislative action on pensions defuses rhetoric (June 2011)


  • Report: The Oklahoma State Worker Pension Plan: If It Ain’t Broke, Don’t Break It (Economic Policy Institute, February 2014)
  • Letter: Issue related to possible closure of OPERS DB plan (Cavanaugh Macdonald Consulting, LLC, February 2014)
  • Report: Oklahoma Pension Plans: A House Finally in Order (Keystone Research Order and Economic Policy Institute, November 2013)
  • Report: OPERS Acutarial Valuation Report as of July 1, 2013 (Cavanaugh Macdonald Consulting, LLC)
  • Report: The Widening Gap Update (Pew Center on the States, June 2012)
  • Report:  Misunderstandings Regarding State Debt, Pensions and Retiree Health Care Costs Create Unnecessary Alarm (January 2011)
  • Report: The Top Ten Advantages of Maintaining Defined Benefit Pensions (NCPERS, May 2007)
  • Issue Brief: Oklahoma’s Pension Systems – Tomorrow’s Problems Requires Attention Today (Community Action Project, Jan. 2007)
  • Report: Oklahoma Pension Oversight Commission, “Crisis in Oklahoma’s Pension Systems” (2006)


  • Column: The wrong path (David Blatt, Journal Record, March 2014)
  • Op-Ed: Legislature should address state pay, not pensions (Tom Dunning, Tulsa World, February 2014)
  • Op-Ed: Pension reform matters (Rep. Randy MacDaniel, Tulsa World, February 2014)
  • Column: One crisis solved (David Blatt, Journal Record, October 2013)
  • Article:  Miller gives pension reform testimony (Oklahoma Economic Report, October 2013)
  • Article: Pension reform road maps (Treasurer Ken Miller, Oklahoma Economic Report, March 2013)
  • Article: Persistent pension problems (Treasurer Ken Miller, Oklahoma Economic Report, February 2013)


  • Presentation: Oklahoma Public Employees Retirement System (Sept. 2013)
  • Presentation: Pension Reform in Oklahoma – Rep. Randy McDaniel (Sept. 2013)



Gene Perry worked for OK Policy from 2011 to 2019. He is a native Oklahoman and a citizen of the Cherokee Nation. He graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a B.A. in history and an M.A. in journalism.

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