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Special Report: Connecticut Pensions

Published: January/February 2014

The Day's investigation into the state pension system included working with Visible Government Online Inc., an information technology and services company in Brunswick, Maine, to create a searchable database and interactive graphics. The information used to build the database was acquired through Freedom of Information requests filed by The Day.

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To seach by retiree name, select one of the pension systems:

Connecticut state retirees’ pensions Connecticut State Teachers’ Retirement System

Pension Stories

Little money set aside by the state for retiree health insurance costs

Free health care for retired state workers has created a massive financial burden for the state. Meanwhile, the state has only set aside a tiny fraction of the money needed to pay the bill, which could total $16.2 billion between 2007 and 2037.

Cost of health coverage varies widely for teachers in different systems

Jo Ann T. Morris, a retired Groton teacher, spends $484 on the Medicare supplement for her and her husband.

Retired public school teachers have been paying all or part of their retiree health insurance premiums since the start of the retirement board plan in the mid-1950s. Many state retirees do not contribute toward their premiums, or contribute a few dollars a month.

Teachers fear proposed cuts to health care funding

While Gov. Dannel P. Malloy is proposing that retired teachers pay less state income tax on their pensions, he is also seeking to reduce the state's funding for their health insurance.

Public pensions funded less than private counterparts

Private companies’ defined benefit pension plans, which must meet federal standards for prudent management, are becoming rarer. State governments continue to offer defined benefit pensions, but they don’t have to follow the same regulations.

Average Connecticut teacher retires with $47,000 pension

Joseph Berardy, right, plays tennis with his friends at the Lyme Shores Tennis and Conditioning Center last Oct. 11.

The state is liable for a $25 billion pension system for public school teachers that is funded at only 55 percent of its obligations. The Day's analysis showed that 88.9 percent of retired teachers received more than $24,000 in pension payments in 2012, with the average pension being $47,386. Connecticut's public school teachers contribute a smaller percentage of their salaries toward their pensions than the national average.

Pension changes debate: How much, how soon?

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy presents his first two-year budget on Feb. 16, 2011, during a joint session of the General Assembly at the Capitol, in Hartford. The plan raised taxes across-the-board, sought $2 billion in savings from state employees and attempts to cut spending without stripping programs for the needy.

While Democrats under the leadership of Gov. Dannel P. Malloy may have begun to repair the state's broken pension system, their Republican critics say the party in power remains unwilling in this election year to take the tough actions necessary to truly fix the problem.

'A financial time bomb': State pension system is one of the country's most underfunded

Connecticut's pension system is one of the most underfunded in the country. In an ongoing series, The Day examines the state's $44 billion funding gap and projected future costs.

Six-figure salary and a buyout create quite a pension

John F. Veiga

The largest annual pension for a Connecticut state retireee goes to John F. Veiga of Coventry, who retired in 2009 after 38 years of teaching business at UConn. During those decades he contributed $222,128 to his pension. Now 70, he collects about $276,364 a year, the largest state pension paid in 2012 and nearly nine times the average state employee pension of $31,666.

Live Chat

Dan Livingston, a Hartford attorney who represented the unions in the 2011 State Employees Bargaining Agent Coalition agreement will answer questions about the state’s pensions and employee benefits for The Day and readers on Tuesday, Jan. 14 from noon until 12:30 p.m. Please submit questions via Twitter using #ctpensionproject or email to You will also be able to submit questions during the live chat in the window below.



Legacy of pension neglect tough to reverse

This is the first of two editorials on consecutive days concerning the underfunded state employees' pension system and the steps necessary to repair it.