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House of Representatives
Session of 2023 - 2024 Regular Session

MEMORANDUM

Posted: February 8, 2023 02:29 PM
From: Representative Steven R. Malagari
To: All House members
Subject: Providing a COLA to SERS and PSERS
 
All retirees deserve to live with dignity and financial security. Unfortunately, many former public-school employees and state employees in our state are struggling. Our state’s two public pension systems—the State Employee Retirement System (SERS) and the Public School Employee Retirement System (PSERS)—have been providing payments to retirees for decades, but neither system has seen a cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) in over 20 years. 

These stagnant payments are insufficient for our retirees, especially given the rising costs of goods and services. In our state, retired public school employees and state employees earned their pensions through years of dedicated service. It is past time that our state’s public pension systems provide them the retirement security they deserve.

That is why I am introducing a package of bills providing a COLA to both SERS and PSERS. These bills will provide a COLA for the upcoming fiscal year while also establishing a recurring COLA so that pensions keep up with the rate of inflation. 

Please join me in supporting this important legislation. Help to ensure former state and public-school employees can live comfortably in their retirement. Thank you for your consideration.



Document #1

Introduced as HB1416

Description: The first piece of legislation provides a COLA to SERS starting July 1, 2023. Additionally, starting in 2024 and every three years after, this bill provides an automatic COLA to SERS based on the change in the Consumer Price Index for Urban Consumers.
 

Document #2

Description: The second piece of legislation provides a COLA to PSERS starting July 1, 2023. Additionally, starting in 2024 and every three years after, this bill provides an automatic COLA to PSERS based on the change in the Consumer Price Index for Urban Consumers.