Oklahoma pension system pushes back against treasurer’s ESG opposition

The Oklahoma Public Employees’ Retirement System (OPERS) recently voted to continue contracting with BlackRock and State Street—the managers of most of the state’s pension assets. Oklahoma Treasurer Todd Russ (R) published a letter arguing against the decision and saying it could violate state laws opposing ESG. OPERS last week responded to Russ’ letter with a letter arguing in support of the decision.

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