Posts Tagged ‘benefits’

Employees to protest new health insurance plan at meeting

JACKSON — Hinds County employees plan to protest the board of supervisor’s choice of a health insurance plan for the county. Employees are being urged to make today’s meeting to voice their concerns over a policy approved Oct. 1 that will lower their current $5,000 deductible to either $500 or $1,000 but will raise their […] [...]

Governor says health care reform is hurting state’s economy

JACKSON — Gov. Phil Bryant says the 2010 federal health care overhaul is slowing Mississippi’s economy because business owners are confused about how much it will cost them to meet demands of the law. “The Obama administration has not done a very good job of giving companies some encouragement of investing in their corporations, expanding […] [...]

Bryant orders agencies to not provide benefits to certain immigrants

JACKSON — Gov. Phil Bryant is ordering state agencies not to provide public benefits to immigrants who recently received deferred deportation status from the federal government. Republican Bryant issued an executive order today, hours before a GOP-led state House committee was to meet about immigration issues. He has received support from tea party groups for […] [...]

Palazzo opposes Medicaid expansion to cover health care reform

HATTIESBURG — Freshman U.S. Rep. Steven Palazzo says Mississippi should not expand Medicaid to cover more people under the federal health care overhaul. Speaking to constituents at a luncheon in Hattiesburg, Palazzo said he agrees with Gov. Phil Bryant, a fellow Republican, that the state can’t afford to expand Medicaid, even with the federal government […] [...]

Supervisors OK refinancing of bonds, could save $900K

HERANADO — DeSoto County supervisors have approved refinancing $22 million in 2004 general obligation bonds, a move that could save $900,000. The Commercial Appeal reports the board also approved a health coverage pact for county employees. The new plan keeps rates flat. The current interest rate the county must pay from 2015 to 2024 ranges […] [...]

PERS Study Commission cannot hit report deadline

JACKSON — The wait for the report from the Public Employees’ Retirement System (PERS) Study Commission will be longer than expected. The Governor’s Office announced the Nov. 15 deadline would be missed. The statement from the governor reads: “Due to the complicated nature of the review of the state Public Employees’ Retirement System, the PERS […] [...]

Lawmaker considering subpoena of Schloegel

JACKSON — A top Mississippi lawmaker says budget writers deserve to hear directly from the leader of a governor’s commission that’s studying the Public Employees Retirement System. House Banking Committee Chairman George Flaggs, D-Vicksburg, says he’s considering issuing a subpoena for Gulfport Mayor George Schloegel, the man appointed by Republican Gov. Haley Barbour to study […] [...]

PERS: An unnecessary predicament

The growing tempest enveloping the Public Employees Retirement System of Mississippi (PERS) did not have to happen. That is not to say that its current status as being 65 percent funded should not be given some attention. Nevertheless, as has been pointed out a number of times, the Mississippi system is in relatively good health, […] [...]

Hood renders opinion on possible PERS changes

JACKSON — Attorney General Jim Hood has sent a letter to Pat Robertson, executive director of the Public Employees Retirement System (PERS), giving his opinion on possible changes and/or recommendations from the PERS Study Commission. Hood wrote that whatever changes might be considered or recommended, the “law requires the state to honor the commitment it […] [...]

Groups express concerns over possible PERS changes

by Published: September 15,2011

Tags: benefits, retirement, state government

JACKSON — Groups representing current and former state employees in Mississippi say they are worried about the possibility of changes in the Public Employees Retirement System. More than 100 people attended a hearing yesterday at the state Capitol. Many expressed concerns to a group that’s studying ways to make PERS more financially stable. Republican Gov. […] [...]

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