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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 has made to hundreds of ...

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Groups express concerns over possible PERS changes

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. Haley Barbour appointed the study ...

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It’s beginning to feel a lot like Wisconsin

I’ve never been to Wisconsin, but I’m imagining what it will be like when Wisconsin comes to Mississippi. Gov. Barbour has appointed a commission to “examine” the state retirement system, affectionately known as PERS. PERS is a defined benefit plan, aka pension plan. Its benefits are based on longevity, age at retirement, and salary. The State of Mississippi takes money ...

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Chaney looking into actions of benefit advisor

PASCAGOULA — Insurance Commissioner Mike Chaney said his office is looking into a complaint that a retiree benefit advisor in the Pascagoula school system steered retirees to private plan she was selling. Chaney told The Mississippi Press that the complaints allege Jackie Theisen, the Pascagoula district’s retiree benefit advisor, was soliciting district retirees to switch their state health benefits to ...

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AT&T workers vote on striking

SOUTH MISSISSIPPI — Union workers at AT&T Mobility in South Mississippi have voted on whether to strike as part of an effort to get an in increase wages and benefits. Eric Cox, treasurer for the Communications Workers of America Local 3519, said the company’s 400 employees are in contract negotiations. The workers, who handle customer service calls, held a strike ...

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