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RPEC Weekly ACTION Newsletter – 4-2-2021

RPEC Weekly ACTION Newsletter – 4-2-2021

IN THIS ISSUE

  • Action Item: Thank your Legislators and ask that they provide a one-time increase to Plan 1 Retirees in the final budget
  • Bill Status Update
  • Weekly Legislative Update Zoom Call

ACTION ITEM: THANK YOUR LEGISLATORS AND ASK THAT THEY PROVIDE A ONE-TIME INCREASE TO PLAN 1 RETIREES IN THE FINAL BUDGET

Email addresses and office phone numbers for your Legislators can be found here: https://apps.leg.wa.gov/Rosters/Members

The toll-free state legislature switchboard is 1-800-562-6000.

Perhaps as early as Friday afternoon, the House is expected to bring their budget to the House floor, which currently includes a provision for a one-time 1.5% increase for PERS/TRS Plan 1 Retirees (capped at $22 per month) and would take effect in July.

Our members should thank their Legislators (particularly those in the House) for including this provision.

Our champions in the House are expected to request raising the maximum increase amount so that those making the average pension amount of $25,000 will receive the full 1.5% increase. Please communicate to your legislators your gratitude and support for raising the cap on the increase.


BILL STATUS UPDATE

Several bills that we have been following have passed through their house of origin and are expected to continue to move through the legislative process

The full list of bills that we are tracking and their current status can be found here: https://rpecwa.org/bill-summary-4-2-2021/


WEEKLY LEGISLATIVE UPDATE

Each week we will host a Zoom call to provide an update on the status of RPEC’s Legislative Priorities and answer questions from members. The calls will take place at 1pm each Friday through the end of the Legislative Session. The Zoom login information will be the same each week.

To join the weekly update calls:

Via Computer or tablet:

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82866346713?pwd=NkVEY2NsL1J6Z0dmQ0xEdjQyTnFwQT09

Or, go to: https://zoom.us/join
Meeting ID: 828 6634 6713
Passcode: 205507

Via Phone: Dial: (253) 215-8782
Meeting ID: 828 6634 6713
Passcode: 205507

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