Posts Tagged ‘PERS’

Covered payroll rate stays same for the first time since 2005

by Published: November 30,2012

Tags: Mississippi, PERS, public employees, retirement

The governing board of the Public Employees’ Retirement System of Mississippi (PERS) has settled on 15.75 percent as an employer contribution rate that will return the $20 billion retirement fund to safer ground. If the 15.75 percent of covered payroll rate holds beyond 2013, it will mark the first year since 2005 without a hike […] [...]

Good news for state employees, jury still out on plan’s math

by Published: September 23,2012

Tags: PERS, retirement system, state employees, state pensions

In a move that will make everyone who works for Mississippi feel better, state government will be asked to put $44 million more into the Mississippi retirement system next year to shore up the program for an estimated 30 years, the system director has told lawmakers. Pat Robertson, executive director of the Public Employees Retirement […] [...]

Senate confirms three

The Mississippi Senate has confirmed the appointments of Alwyn H. Luckey, Col. Donald R. Taylor and Deanne Mosley to the Mississippi State Personnel Board (MSPB). Luckey was appointed (MSPB) by Gov. Phil Bryant to fill an unexpired term through June 30, 2014, representing the Second Supreme Court District. Taylor will serve as an at-large member […] [...]

OPINION: This not a good year to fiddle with PERS, lawmakers decide

Legislators lived up to expectations that changes to the $20 billion Mississippi Public Employees Retirement System, or PERS, would be too politically radioactive to take on this past session. Gov. Haley Barbour left office in January with an urgent call for lawmakers to reform a system he said was inching toward placing a $1 billion […] [...]

The PERS standoff

The year ended with out-going Gov. Haley Barbour tossing the Mississippi Legislature a plan for revamping the $20 billion Public Employees Retirement System — a hot potato capable of burning politicians on both sides of the issue. The PERS issue is a clear choice for designation among the Mississippi Business Journal’s “Stories of the Year.” […] [...]

Changing PERS board’s makeup could spark high-profile 2012 fight

Altering retirement ages of Mississippi’s public workers and temporally freezing retiree cost of living raises are not the only likely flashpoints ahead in this year’s Legislature. Look for equal volatility over proposals for an increased private-sector presence on the board of trustees of the Mississippi Public Employees Retirement System and increased oversight of the trust […] [...]

Read the Dec. 26 issue of the MBJ online

In this week’s MBJ — The 2011 MBJ YEAR IN REVIEW: See what the Mississippi Business Journal chose as its top stories. Also in this week’s paper: >> KEEP YOUR RESOLUTION: Jackson running guru Jeff Seabold gives inventive hints for the new year >> RETIREMENT: Changing PERS board’s makeup could spark high-profile fight — by […] [...]

Study panel says report is prescription for sustaining state public workers’ retirement

So went the pronouncement of Gov. Haley Barbour last week in detailing a 40-page report that calls for saving over $100 million annually in taxpayer contributions to the Public Employees Retirement System of Mississippi. Much of the savings would come through increases in retirement ages, changes in the way retirement benefits are calculated and freezing […] [...]

Read the Dec. 19 issue of the MBJ online

In this week’s MBJ — BUSINESSPERSON OF THE YEAR: It is our inaugural Businessperson of the Year award. Find out whom we are honoring with our most prestigious award of the year. Also in this week’s paper: >> AN MBJ INVESTIGATION: A financial relationship exists between UMMC and the embattled Delta Health Alliance. — by […] [...]

Center for Public Policy: Roll back retirement benefits for state workers

by Published: October 16,2011

Tags: Attorney General Jim Hood, PERS, retirement benefits

A Mississippi-based organization that advocates limited government has weighed in on the Mississippi Public Employee Personnel System solvency issue with a call for rollbacks in retirement benefits for some state workers. In a legal brief submitted to a study commission created to study possible reform of PERS, the Mississippi Center for Public Policy challenges state […] [...]

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