Center for Local, State, and Urban Policy

The Michigan Public Policy Survey (MPPS)
Spring 2015 Data Tables

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Q21. A jurisdiction's "actuarially required contribution" (ARC) to its pension fund is based on the benefits earned by employees in the current year, plus an amount to reduce any unfunded liabilities for past years. Some jurisdictions pay their ARC in full each year. Others do not, and may just pay as they go for only that year's pension costs. Thinking specifically about defined benefit (i.e., traditional pensions) and/or hybrid plans, which of the following statements best describes your jurisdiction's contributions to its pension fund during its previous fiscal year? (Among those jurisdictions that reported having defined benefit or hybrid retirement income benefit plans)

Jurisdiction Type Crosstabulation
% within Jurisdiction Type
  Jurisdiction Type Total
County Township City Village
A jurisdiction's "actuarially required contribution" (ARC) to its pension fund is based on the benefits earned by employees in the current year, plus an amount to reduce any unfunded liabilities for past years. Some jurisdictions pay their ARC in full each year. Others do not, and may just pay as they go for only that year's pension costs. Thinking specifically about defined benefit (i.e., traditional pensions) and/or hybrid plans, which of the following statements best describes your jurisdiction's contributions to its pension fund during its previous fiscal year? (Among those jurisdictions that reported having defined benefit or hybrid retirement income benefit plans) We made no contribution to our pension fund. 3% 8% 4% 4% 6%
We made some contribution to our pension fund, but not the full ARC. 12% 15% 21% 27% 19%
We made our full ARC contribution. 40% 46% 53% 41% 47%
We made a contribution larger than the ARC. 39% 8% 16% 4% 14%
Don't Know 5% 23% 6% 24% 14%
*Columns may not sum to 100% due to rounding within cells.

Population Size Crosstabulation
% within Population Size
  Population Size Total
<1500 1500-5000 5001-10000 10001-30000 >30000
A jurisdiction's "actuarially required contribution" (ARC) to its pension fund is based on the benefits earned by employees in the current year, plus an amount to reduce any unfunded liabilities for past years. Some jurisdictions pay their ARC in full each year. Others do not, and may just pay as they go for only that year's pension costs. Thinking specifically about defined benefit (i.e., traditional pensions) and/or hybrid plans, which of the following statements best describes your jurisdiction's contributions to its pension fund during its previous fiscal year? (Among those jurisdictions that reported having defined benefit or hybrid retirement income benefit plans) We made no contribution to our pension fund. 6% 6% 9% 5% 1% 6%
We made some contribution to our pension fund, but not the full ARC. 21% 21% 14% 20% 13% 19%
We made our full ARC contribution. 49% 42% 49% 45% 57% 47%
We made a contribution larger than the ARC. 3% 11% 20% 20% 25% 14%
Don't Know 21% 20% 8% 9% 3% 14%
*Columns may not sum to 100% due to rounding within cells.

Region of Michigan Crosstabulation
% within Region of Michigan
  Region of Michigan Total
Upper Peninsula Northern Lower Peninsula West Central Lower Peninsula East Central Lower Peninsula Southwest Lower Peninsula Southeast Lower Peninsula
A jurisdiction's "actuarially required contribution" (ARC) to its pension fund is based on the benefits earned by employees in the current year, plus an amount to reduce any unfunded liabilities for past years. Some jurisdictions pay their ARC in full each year. Others do not, and may just pay as they go for only that year's pension costs. Thinking specifically about defined benefit (i.e., traditional pensions) and/or hybrid plans, which of the following statements best describes your jurisdiction's contributions to its pension fund during its previous fiscal year? (Among those jurisdictions that reported having defined benefit or hybrid retirement income benefit plans) We made no contribution to our pension fund. 7% 5% 6% 5% 6% 5% 6%
We made some contribution to our pension fund, but not the full ARC. 21% 9% 18% 26% 20% 18% 19%
We made our full ARC contribution. 39% 50% 41% 45% 53% 51% 47%
We made a contribution larger than the ARC. 20% 10% 20% 12% 9% 15% 14%
Don't Know 13% 26% 15% 11% 13% 10% 14%
*Columns may not sum to 100% due to rounding within cells.