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Legislature, Day 102

Today, April 20, 2017, is Day 102 of the 2017 Regular Session.  So far we had no proposed legislation that would directly attack the LEOFF 1 pension or move toward the merger of LEOFF 1 with some other system.  As of now both the House and the Senate have passed their budgets and they are […]

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Joe Fischnaller Passes

We are sad to report that Joe Fischnaller passed away on Sunday, April 9th.  His passing represents a huge loss to all retired police officers and fire fighters.  Joe, even after retiring from Seattle to Moses Lake, always remained ready to assist us at any time.  He was a source for quick legal answers and […]

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RFFOW President’s Message | April 2017

by Richard Warbrouck President, RFFOW I want to acknowledge and thank our members who over the past year have sent in personal legislative contributions. This past month we received several generous contributions in the $500, $300, $250, and $150 range as well as many in the $100, $50 and lower amounts. These individual donations are […]

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Budget Negotiations

The Senate has passed its budget proposal and the House has issued theirs. Since each chamber has revealed its budget proposal, budget negotiations will soon begin in earnest.  These negotiations are always done in secret by a small specially selected group from each house. Occasional updates are provided by legislative leadership to the media. As has […]

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Dueling Budgets

Dueling Budgets Merger of LEOFF 1 with any other system did not appear in either the Senate or House proposed budgets. While it now appears we are safe for this legislative session it is important to remember that the session is far from over.  Additionally, there is a significant disparity between the two budget proposals.  […]

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Senate Budget Proposal Attacks LEOFF 2 – No Merger

Senate Releases 2017-2019 Omnibus Operating Budget (PSSB 5048)  The Senate released their 2017-2019 Omnibus Operating Budget (PSSB 5048) March 21st.. Issues Impacting LEOFF Plan 2: Contribution Rates (Sections 939 & 940) Except for fire protection districts, the State contribution to LEOFF Plan 2 is eliminated making the contribution rate funding ratio 50% member and 50% […]

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State workers, police and firefighter pensions lose in Senate GOP budget

See this article in the Olympian… By Melissa Santos msantos@thenewstribune.com It’s not the first time Senate Republicans have proposed rejecting negotiated pay increases for state workers, while offering flat annual raises that would be cheaper. And just like before, those alternate raises aren’t something lawmakers have the power to impose. Leaders of the conservative Senate […]

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2016 COLA | 2.28%

The COLA for 2016 is estimated to be 2.28%.  This is based on calculations using the BLS CPI tables but the official number will have to wait until the Actuary makes the calculation.  OSA usually releases that figure in March. Consumer Price Index – Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers Series Id: CWUSA423AA0 Not Seasonally […]

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Getting Up to Date

The infamous TRS 1/LEOFF 1 merger study was completed by the SCPP in December and submitted to the legislature on January 9th.  There has not been much in the way of public discussion of the issue since that time. Note: you can see the final study at the following location: http://leg.wa.gov/SCPP/Publications/Pages/FinalSCPP2016MergerStudy.aspx David Pringle of the […]

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