Looking back on the year, it was clear that PERA was top of mind—and for good reason. Stories covering the Legislature, the PERAtour community outreach effort, and the Board’s recommended package of changes to the plan dominated PERA on the Issues in 2017. Of course, there was also plenty of Windfall Elimination Provision (WEP) coverage. Here are some of this year’s highlights:
Similar to last year, Legislation was the top category readers visited on the site. This was the best place for up-to-date information on the 2017 legislative session, and the Proposed Legislation Status story was, by far, the single most-visited story. However, articles on the first and second rounds of PERAtour and the Board’s recommended package of changes to lower the fund’s risk profile led the way. There was also plenty of interest in the federal legislative landscape with new bills before Congress to repeal the WEP.
You’re Part of the Conversation
Posting comments is a great way to participate in the ongoing conversation about PERA. This year’s post with the most comments didn’t have quite enough participation to pass the all-time most-discussed post—that honor goes to a 2015 post on WEP—but the 2017 Proposed Legislation Status article did generate a whopping 74 comments. This is in keeping with last year, when the most commented post was 2016 Proposed Legislation Status.
2018 is Right Around the Corner…
It’s clear that 2018 will be a big year for people interested in PERA-related legislation. With the Board’s recommended package likely to be a top issue at the Capitol, you can count on getting the latest updates via the PERA on the Issues blog and newsletter. If you (or a friend) aren’t signed up already, do it today.
In addition to local issues, there are several bills pending before Congress—including legislation to repeal the WEP. If Congress decides to take up new issues like reforming Social Security and Medicare, there will be impacts on current and former public employees. You can rest assured that PERA will be there every step of the way to monitor, analyze, and report back on these important developments.
Finally, we’d like to thank you, our readers, for making PERA on the Issues one of the go-to sources for information about retirement, health care, finance, and other policy areas that are important to PERA’s 560,000-plus members. On behalf of everyone here at PERA, we wish you a safe and healthy holiday season.