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The Association will hold its annual Northeastern Mass. Meeting on Friday, January 23rd at the Holiday Inn Tewksbury. The meeting will begin at 11:00 am and last approximately 90 minutes. As always, attendence prizes will be drawn at the conclusion of the meeting.
The Holiday Inn is located at 4 Highwood Drive, Tewksbury. Members travling on I495 should use exit 39.
JANUARY 16, 2015: The Association has completed the filing process for its 2015-16 Legislative package. Under joint House-Senate rules, the deadline was Friday, January 16, 2015 at 5:00 pm.
All told, fourteen separate bills make up the Association’s proposal for the new session that began on January 7th and lasts through the first Tuesday in January 2017. Bills will shortly be assigned numbers and be assigned to various committees for review.
Legislature & Patrick Act at 11th Hour
JANUARY 8, 2015: Moments before taking his “lone walk” down to the front steps of the State House on his final evening as Governor of Massachusetts, Deval Patrick signed into law our Association’s bill adjusting the outside earnings limits of accidental disability retirees – now Chapter 492, Acts of 2014.
The Association will be holding its annual winter membership meetings in January and February. Association members are encouraged to attend and welcome to bring a guest. Please note, all Association meetings now begin at 11:00am unless otherwise noted.
DECEMBER 19, 2014: As reported in the January 2014 edition of the Voice, the state’s Group Insurance Commission (GIC) is grappling with a significant budget deficit for the current fiscal year.
However, it now appears that the problem is more significant than previously thought. At today’s GIC meeting, Executive Director Dolores Mitchell characterized the deficit as being “north of $120 million” – some $70 million higher than previously thought.
Join us at 11:00 am this coming Friday, December 5th for the Association's annual Central Mass. meeting. Once again the meeting will be held at Shrewsbury' Frohsinn Club, 25 North Quinsigamond Ave. (1/2 block off Rt. 9).
NOVEMBER 21, 2014: At its monthly meeting, the state’s Group Insurance Commission discussed a growing concern for the health plan administrators, as well as our Association – a growing multimillion dollar budget shortfall, combined with a downturn in state tax collections.
NOVEMBER 15, 2014: This week marked the first significant development toward providing retirees with relief from the Social Security Windfall Elimination Provision (WEP) in several years.
On Thursday, Congressmen Richard Neal (D-MA) and Kevin Brady (R-TX) filed H.R. 5697, The Equal Treatment of Public Servants Act. The bill is the direct result of nearly a year’s worth of collaboration between our Association, the Texas Retired Teachers Association and Ohio Retired Teachers.
For members and their guests who are planning to attend the Northampton Meeting this Friday, please take special note that the meeting begins at 11:00.
This was the time posted in the November Voice, as well as announced on the Hotline. Unfortunately some members may have received a mailing that indicated a 1:00 start time, which is incorrect. We apologize for any confusion the mailing may have caused.
WE HOPE TO SEE YOU AT 11:00.
CLARION HOTEL, One Atwood Drive, Northampton
OCTOBER 28, 2014: The 62,000 member Retired State, County and Municipal Employees Association (Mass Retirees) endorsed Martha Coakley for Governor.
“We feel strongly that Martha Coakley is the right choice for Governor of Massachusetts,” said Association President Frank Valeri. “Retirees deserve a governor who will protect their pension and healthcare, without the constant threat of the budget unfairly being balanced on their backs.”
OCTOBER 24, 2014: Earlier this month the Association mailed a six-part questionnaire to all five Massachusetts gubernatorial candidates. The goal was to learn the candidates’ views toward public retirees, defined benefit pension plans and retiree health insurance benefits.
Vows to Make Affordable Health Care A Priority
Boston – The 62,000 member strong Retired State, County and Municipal Employees Association “Mass Retirees” has endorsed Maura Healey for Attorney General.
The Association cites Healey’s public service background and, specifically, her work on health care issues as the reason for the endorsement.
The Massachusetts state treasurer could stay busy with the basic responsibilities of managing the state’s cash flow and debt. But the holder of the office has a much broader portfolio, overseeing the state school building fund, lottery, alcoholic beverages commission, public pension fund, state retirement board, and other duties. The position demands an executive with high energy and wide-ranging experience. That candidate is Democrat Deb Goldberg.Read Full Article: Boston Globe