Pensions Protest Bathroom Bills, a Billion-Dollar Showdown in Kansas and More View Newsletter in Browser;143921686;i to Governing Magazine & Newsletters on Facebook / Twitter / LinkedIn Pensions Protest Bathroom Bills, a Billion-Dollar Showdown in Kansas and More By Liz Farmer The country’s largest public pension systems and investors are pressuring Texas officials not to approve a so-called bathroom bill introduced in January. The legislation targets transgender individuals by requiring them to use the public restroom that aligns with the gender on their birth certificate. Pointing to North Carolina, which lost hundreds of millions in business from canceled sporting events, concerts and conventions after its bathroom bill became law last year, the group warned in a letter that Texas could meet the same fate. Already, the National Football League and the NCAA have said that the siting of future events in Texas would be jeopardized if lawmakers move forward. The more than 30 signatories on the letter include comptrollers, controllers and treasurers of California, Connecticut, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island and Vermont, as well as major firms such as BlackRock and T. Rowe Price. Collectively, the group represents more than $11 trillion in assets. Keep Reading >> ADVERTISEMENT;143923019;c MORE FINANCE NEWS & COMMENTARY The Real Price of College Most states don’t keep track of how much they give to students and their families in tax breaks. That could be hurting their ability to make college affordable for all. What Killed Michigan’s Plan to Nix Income Taxes? Under pressure from Democrats and Republicans, a proposal to gradually eliminate the state’s 4.25 percent income tax was scrapped for one that would cut the tax to 3.9 percent over four years and leave it at that level. Public Pensions and the Siren Song of Environmental Activism Retirement funds are being urged to sell off their investments in traditional energy producers. That’s bad for retirees, and it wouldn’t help the environment. New York’s First-in-Nation Cyber-Regulations to Take Effect March 1 The state announced final regulations requiring banks and insurers to meet minimum cybersecurity standards and report breaches to regulators as part of an effort to combat a surge in cyber crime. ENJOY THIS NEWSLETTER? Governing has 10 others delivering news and commentary on a wide range of topics straight to your inbox. SUBSCRIBE FOR FREE TODAY This email was sent to Unsubscribe″ > | Opt out of all e.Republic email | Privacy Statement © 2017 e.Republic. All rights reserved. 100 Blue Ravine Rd, Folsom, CA 95630, USA. Phone: 916-932-1300