Following are some of the possibilities state legislators will consider to help deal with the pension fund problem:
--Lowering cost-of-living increases.
--Raising workers' contributions to their benefits. The employer's contribution, covered by taxpayers, has risen four times as fast as employee contributions.
--Increasing the full retirement requirement to 30 years.
--Increasing the cost of "buying" retirement time to allow for early retirement.
--Increasing the number of years required to vest, or own, the retirement benefit to eight.
--Give higher-salaried people the option to pay more in contributions to cover future cost- of-living increases.
--Suspend retirement benefits for retirees who return to state jobs.