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SB 6668 – Why Merge?

On February 24, 2016 SB 6668 was introduced. It seems a simple proposition designed to mend a serious unfunded liability in the Teachers Retirement System Plan 1 (TRS 1). That system has a significant deficit and is funded only at the level of 69%. The bill proposed to take all of the money out of […]

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Needed Vigilance

Originally published on 08/16/2014  “A contract is a contract, except when it isn’t.” We have just published a couple of recent articles dealing with a State Supreme Court decision relative to a gainsharing provision in the Teachers Retirement System. See  this article for details… While these decisions have no direct impact on LEOFF 1, they […]

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Supreme Court rulings issued in gain sharing, UCOLA lawsuits

August 14, 2014 The Washington State Supreme Court today issued opinions in two cases related to the state’s pension systems. One case involves gain sharing provisions and early retirement benefits for members of certain state retirement plans; the other involves an annual increase for retirees in two closed pension plans (also known as the Uniform […]

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Retired Police – Right to Carry Firearm

Improving the Concealed Carry Law This article is from the Law Officer  – Wednesday, January 12, 2011 – by Laura L. Scarry President Barack Obama quietly signed the Law Enforcement Officers Safety Act Improvements Act of 2010 on Oct. 12, 2010. It went into effect immediately. This Act, S.1132, amends the previous Act, frequently referred […]

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Social Security Windfall Elimination Provision

This article was originally published on 10/17/2008.  It has some good general information so we are re-posting it.  It is interesting to note that not much has happened on this issue since 2008. The Social Security Administration has put out another update to the Windfall Elimination Provision. Most Americans pay into the Social Security system […]

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Social Security Offsets – Current Status

The Social Security Fairness Act now boasts a record 352 bipartisan cosponsors in the House and 37 cosponsors in the Senate. In November, 2007, the Senate Finance Committee, Subcommittee on Social Security, held a hearing on the offsets, followed in February 2008 by a hearing in the House Ways and Means Committee. These hearings, and […]

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Repeal Social Security Offsets

National Democratic Platform Calls for Repeal of Social Security Offsets! The 2008 Democratic National Platform includes language calling for the elimination of Social Security offsets. NEA leaders and staff served on the platform committee and were able to push the committee to include in the platform language reading, “We will end the penalty within the […]

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RSPOA & the LEOFF I Coalition

Editor’s Note: This article is now a historical item. It was written in 2008 when the RSPOA was still on the Coalition board. It sort of demonstrates how the effectiveness of the Coalition began to fail. by Jerry Taylor & John Nordlund Eight years! It all started back in mid-2000 and officially began on October […]

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RFFOW President’s Message | June 2001

by Richard Warbrouck As I write this article on Sunday May 27th (2001) for our June Newsletter, the first 30day Special Session of the Legislature has come to a close. “Special” is the legal term for the session that follows the regular annual session. SB 6166 which deals with the LEOFF surplus has passed the […]

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