Losses for the public pension funds managed by the State of Wisconsin Investment Board totaled $23.6 billion that year, causing retirees to see a drop in payments from the board's core fund - the first time retirees ever saw their monthly payments from the fund decrease.
They gained $13.5 billion the following year, ending 2009 with $72.8 billion in assets.
So what?...governmental entities that employ people covered by the retirement system saw their costs to fund pension benefits increase "from 10.4% of employee salaries in 2009 to 11% in 2010 and 11.6% in 2011, which will be the highest rate since 1996."
Your "retired" Legislators and Doylet will send thank-you notes, no doubt. I'm sure I'll get one from Mr. Vrakas, who voted to enhance his pension while still a legislator.