The Oregon Public Employees Retirement System (PERS) building in Tigard, Oregon, on Sunday, Jan. 6, 2019.

The Oregon Public Employees Retirement System (PERS) building in Tigard, Oregon, on Sunday, Jan. 6, 2019.

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  • Earlier this year, we devoted an hour to Oregon’s troubled Public Employees Retirement System (PERS). At that time, the estimated unfunded liability — the gap between what employers will have to pay out in pensions and the money that’s currently in the system — was $22 billion. Now, it’s more like $27 billion. OPB’s senior political reporter Jeff Mapes fills us in on a controversial bill lawmakers passed — how it would address the PERS debt and where it falls short.

 

  

  • A new curriculum in northeastern Oregon schools features Chief Joseph and the Nez Perce War of 1877. We hear from Fishtrap youth programs manager Cameron Scott and Veronica Andrews Redstar, a descendent of the Joseph band of the Nez Perce Tribe, about using historical fiction and multimedia tools to teach elementary and middle school students about an important piece of Oregon history.

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