ISSUE: Three percent across the board increase for KPERS retirees. An ongoing annual increase at three percent level or tied to the Consumer Price Index.
1) Review the “ Kansas Retired Public Employees Executive Summary”.
This can be found under the “2015 Report” tab on the website. Also, review “Important Facts About KPERS You Should Know”. There is also additional information regarding our position in the “About Us” section of this website.
2) Reminder: You are no longer a retired educator, retired firefighter, retired judge, retired police officer, etc., you are a Retired Public Employee of Kansas. The Coalition of Kansas Public Retirees represents 40 organizations which contributed to KPERS. With unity in numbers, our strength is representing more than 70,000 Kansans. When visiting a legislator, don’t hesitate to take one or two retired public employees with you.
3) Myth: Other groups within the coalition have received increased benefits through KPERS. No individual organization within KPERS has received compounded increases since 1993 and 1998. In 1993, the increase was the result of a formula change; 1998 was a three percent Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA). The other obvious argument will be that they cannot afford a COLA at this time. We would remind you that this argument is used year in and year out by all of the parties involved, Executive and Legislative. The money for a COLA is not a question of the availability of resources, it is a question of priorities, i.e., do they wish to provide for retired Kansas workers?
4) Points to remember: This is not a “want”, this is a “need”. Many Kansans will live 30 years beyond their retirement date. Under current benefits and thirty years following retirement, Kansas Public Employees will have lost more than 75 percent of their buying power. This loss will place these employees in a poverty category which, in turn, brings about welfare issues for the state.
5) Question: Where will we get the new dollars? Once again we would remind you that this argument is used year in and year out by all of the parties involved, Executive and Legislative. The money for a COLA is not a question of the availability of resources, it is a question of priorities, i.e., does the legislature and the governor wishes to provide for retired Kansas workers?
6) Closing comment to the legislator: “May I count on your support and leadership?”
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