Social Security

Articles about Social Security that may be useful to Massachusetts retirees

Members Demand Action By Congress On GPO/WEP Relief Now

SEPTEMBER 2001
- As time passes and relief from Social Security’s Government Pension
Offset (GPO) and Windfall Elimination Provision (WEP) is still not a
reality, members are demanding action now by the Congress.

Majority Of U.S. Reps Support GPO Relief

JULY 2001 - Windfall Reform Also Gaining Sponsors - Less than five months after the 107th Congress got underway,
there is already a majority of the House of Representatives sponsoring
the Social Security GPO relief bill (HR 664) – 232 congressmen, as we
went to press, with 218 representing a majority. This is in marked
contrast to the last congressional session (106th) in which it took
almost a year and a half to reach that milestone.“Earlier
this year, led by the National Association of Retired Federal Employees
(NARFE), the Coalition to Assure Retirement Equality (CARE) held a
strategy meeting,” according to Legislative Chairman Bill Hill. “It was
decided then that coalition members would focus their energies on
enlisting as many cosponsors to HR 664 as possible.

Strong Push For GPO/WEP Reform Continues Unabated

MAY 2001 - Association Seeks Support For Relief From State Officials - While they don’t attract the national spotlight like tax cuts, efforts
to reform Social Security’s Government Pension Offset (GPO) and
Windfall Elimination Provision (WEP) are well underway in the 107th
Congress. Back home, our Association has also been hard at work on
these issues with state officials.

Defeat Of Mandatory Soc. Security Ongoing

MARCH 2001 - Association Continues Work With CPRS - In addition to our work with CARE on the GPO and WEP during the 107th Congress,
the Association will continue its affiliation with the Coalition to
Preserve Retirement Security (CPRS) on mandatory Social Security
coverage for all newly hired public employees. CPRS, whose current
chairman is Thomas Lussier (executive director of the Teachers'
Retirement Board), has as its primary and ongoing goal to defeat any
proposal that would mandate Social Security for new public emloyees.

The Origin Of The Offset

MARCH 2001 -
Although President Reagan is frequently blamed for the passage of the
GPO and the WEP legislation, there was strong bipartisan support for
both laws. The following is a brief background:

GPO Hits Home: Mary Beaupre

MARCH 2001 -
When you put a human face on an issue, like the GPO, it really hits
home how this law seriously hurts our members. One face is Mary Beaupre.

107th Congress Underway

MARCH 2001 -
Social Security Offset Relief Possible - Led by the National Association of Retired Federal Employees (NARFE),
The Coalition to Assure Retirement Equity (CARE), of which we are one
of 43 participating organizations, has been working diligently for the
passage of legislation to reduce or eliminate both the Social Security
Windfall Elimination Provision (WEP) and the Government Pension Offset
(GPO).

AARP Continues Push For Mandatory SS

JANUARY 2001 - BC Study Supports Their Position - A year ago,
we reported that the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP)
paid the Boston College Center of Retirement Research to conduct a
study on mandatory Social Security, which AARP strongly supports.

GPO And WEP Relief Moves Into 2001

NOVEMBER 2000 -
Coalition’s Push to Reform Social Security Law Continues - As the 106th Congress winds down to year’s end, we must look to next
year for enactment of relief from Social Security’s two principal
attacks on certain, not all, public retirees - the Government Pension
Offset (GPO) and the Windfall Elimination Provision (WEP). In prior
issues of the Voice,
we’ve explained how the GPO and WEP work and unfortunately those
members, affected by either or both of these laws, know all too well
their effects.

Repeal Of SS Earnings Limit: Beware Of Potential Federal Income Taxes

NOVEMBER 2000 -
When President Clinton signed into law (P.L. 106-182) the repeal of the
earnings limit for Social Security beneficiaries, age 65 to 69, it was
naturally good news for members affected by that limit. Before the
repeal, members, age 65 to 69 who worked, could earn up to $17,000 and
collect all their SS benefits, but would lose $1 of Social Security for
every $3 earned over $17,000.