Tag Archives: PERS Reform

Citizen’s View: Session should focus on PERS adjustments

PERS is too complex to solve during a short session, but it’s too big of an issue to ignore During the short 2018 legislative session, the Legislature should prioritize stabilizing the budget. This includes some minor changes to PERS and postponing a vote on the cap-and-invest bills until 2019. Source: Citizen’s View: Session should focus […]
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Guest column: PERS solution requires many difficult steps

On Dec. 1, 2017, Oregon got a preview of how much more will be required to be paid into the Public Employees Retirement System in 2019-21 and beyond. No surprise, the estimated required contribution rates are going up dramatically. PERS contribution rates are not anticipated to drop substantially until 2035. What do the contribution rate […]
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Our View: Governor’s PERS solutions are modest at best

The message to Oregon legislators from Gov. Kate Brown’s staff last week was that PERS has an immediate problem. Yet the solutions proposed by the governor are modest at best. The problem is the Oregon Public Employees Retirement System has too little money to pay its projected pension benefits. Source: The Daily Astorian

Guest column: State needs to pay serious attention to PERS

It is time that our Legislature and our governor pay serious attention, not mere lip service, to the avalanche of debt associated with the Public Employees Retirement System. Recently, a task force was formed. Gov. Brown instructed it not to consider reduction of the current plan benefit structure, merely to look for ways to increase […]
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Our view: Tips and kicks

As we prepare for the beginning of the Legislature, we tip our hat to one priority that Gov. Kate Brown hopes to accomplish during the short session. That priority is affordable housing. Source: Our view: Tips and kicks – Editorials – East Oregonian

OUR VIEW: PERS reform by nickel and dime

The message to Oregon legislators from Gov. Kate Brown’s staff last week was that PERS has an immediate problem. Yet the solutions proposed by the governor are modest at best. The problem is the Oregon Public Employees Retirement System has too little money to pay its projected pension benefits. Source: OUR VIEW: PERS reform by […]
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Editorial: Conflict of interest won’t vanish from PERS

Rep. Ron Noble, R-McMinnville, plans to introduce legislation to remove lawmakers, statewide elected officials and judges from the state’s public pension system. He hopes it will eliminate a conflict of interest when they have to make decisions about the Public Employees Retirement System. Removing conflict of interest is a good impulse, and we can’t wait […]
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Targeting PERS conflicts

Proposal removes legislators, judges from system. State Rep. Ron Noble, R-McMinnville, plans to introduce a bill in the 2018 legislative session that would remove legislators, statewide elected officials and judges from the Public Employees Retirement System Source: Targeting PERS conflicts

Editorial: Governor has a shot at leadership

Stop us if you’ve heard this before: Gov. Kate Brown, speaking last week at the annual Oregon Leadership Summit, called for state leaders to find a long-term solution to Oregon’s Source: Editorial: Governor has a shot at leadership | Editorial | democratherald.com

Tim Nesbitt: Oregon’s public policy pile-up

We all know what it’s like to be stuck in traffic when we are trying to get to an urgent appointment. Most of the time, we get there eventually. We adjust our schedules, prioritize our obligations and get the most important things done. But it’s not the same when we suffer gridlock in our politics. […]
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