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Huge retirement shortfall in Mass. cities reported

Group is alarmed by benefit funding

A Beacon Hill watchdog group has released a report indicating that steep cuts to education and other public services are inevitable in 10 of the state’s most cash-strapped cities to fund the rising cost of health care for their municipal retirees, unless the Legislature makes changes.

According to the report by the business-backed Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, the current unfunded liability for retiree health benefits in the cities is $4.5 billion.

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