Politics

Articles about Politics that may be useful to Massachusetts retirees.

Kriss Says Public Workers Overpaid

JULY 2004
- Claims Salaries 20% Higher Than Private Sector - According to Governor Romney's favorite pit bull, Eric Kriss, public
employees in eastern Massachusetts earn 20 percent more than their
counterparts in the private sector.

Greg White Returns To PRIM

MAY 2004
- Named To Board By Romney - Governor Mitt Romney has named Gregory White to replace Alex Aikens
as his non-state employee appointee on PRIM's Board of Directors.

Linda Ruberto: Stalwart Member Of Teachers

MAY 2004
- Members of the Teachers’ Retirement Board have unanimously voted to
reappoint Linda M. Ruberto to her fourth term on the Board.

New Clerk Tested Early

MAY 2004
- Welch Key To Senate Operations - In public service, there are countless individuals whose hard work
and dedication go largely unseen by the public. The service that these
employees provide is often invaluable to the successful operation of
government.

Tierney Resigns From PERAC Agency

MAY 2004
- Domenic Russo Is New Chairman Of Key Panel - In something of a surprise, Bob Tierney abruptly resigned as chairman
of the Public Employee Retirement Administration Commission (PERAC) at
the Commission's January 28 meeting.

Tolman To Chair Public Service

MAY 2004
- Senate President Makes Key Change - By now our members are well aware that out of all the important
legislative committees busy at work within the State House, it is the
Joint Committee on Public Service that remains vital to public retirees.

Pace Continues To Serve On Lynn Board

MARCH 2004
- PERAC Overrules Mayor - Two weeks after Lynn Mayor Edward J. Clancy, Jr. removed City
Comptroller John Pace from his membership on the Lynn Retirement Board,
the Public Employee Retirement Administration Commission (PERAC)
ordered that Pace must be returned to his seat on the Board.

Pension Budget At $1.2 Billion

MARCH 2004
- Full Funding Remains at 2023 - Legislative leaders and Romney Administration officials have agreed
to adopt a new pension funding schedule that reduces the scheduled
budget appropriation, while staying on track to fully fund the State
and Teachers' Retirement Systems by 2023.

Middlesex Board Under Attack

MARCH 2004
- Power Play By Town Managers - A small cadre of town managers within the Middlesex Retirement System
are attempting to abolish the current Middlesex Retirement Board and
replace it with a new board of their own design.

Romney Budget Hits Retirees

MARCH 2004
- Derails COLA Base Increases - Governor Mitt Romney's long-awaited budget proposal for the coming
fiscal year (FY05) contains language that would stand in the way of the
Association's goal of raising the base to which the pension
cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) is applied.