Social Security

Articles about Social Security that may be useful to Massachusetts retirees

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

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

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.

Congress Holds Hearing On Government Pension Offset

Association Calls For Relief From Social Security Law - Marking a milestone, the first-ever Congressional hearing was held,
which focused exclusively on Social Security's Government Pension
Offset (GPO). In late June, the House Subcommittee on Social Security
heard and received testimony from various groups and organizations,
including our Association, on the controversial issue.

Social Security Update

JULY 2000 -
A full court press has been initiated by the Coalition to Assure
Retirement Security (CARE) and its lead organization, the National
Association of Retired Federal Employees (NARFE) for congressional
hearings on the Government Pension Offset (GPO) this summer. NARFE has
been urging its members and the coalition to contact the Congress and
push for action on GPO relief.

Majority In Congress Support GPO Relief

MAY 2000 -
Social Security Windfall Law Explained - For our members, affected by Social Security’s Government Pension
Offset (GPO) law, there is good news. Congressman William Jefferson’s
(D-La) GPO relief bill, H.R. 1217, is supported by 219 of the 435
members in the US House of Representatives, at press time.

Support For GPO Relief Intensifies

MARCH 2000 - "This
may be the year that the Congress does something about the Social
Security GPO (Government Pension Offset) law," reports Legislative
Chairman Bill Hill. There's good reason for this hint of optimism.

Mandatory Soc. Sec. Update

JANUARY 2000 - AARP Challenges Our Position - Perhaps
the old refrain, "just when you think it's safe," aptly describes
recent developments on mandatory Social Security for newly hired public
employees. "We know that we can't let down our guard on this issue, as
long as a comprehensive bill on Social Security has not been signed
into law," states Legislative Chairman Bill Hill.

Reform Of SS Pension Offset Continues To Gain Support

NOVEMBER 1999 - According
to the Coalition to Assure Retirement Equity (CARE), the push for
legislation, to help those public pensioners hit hard by Social
Security’s government pension offset (GPO) law, will continue through
next year. CARE’s focus has been HR 1217, sponsored by Rep. William
Jefferson (D-LA) and the Senate companion bill, S 717, sponsored by
Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-MD). Basically, HR 1217 changes the GPO’s
offset formula so that the reduction in the social security, of an
affected pensioner, is lessened, but not entirely eliminated.

Social Security Coalition Intensifies Fight

SEPTEMBER 1999 - For
some time we've been reporting on the activities - and successes - of
both the national and state coalitions opposing mandatory Social
Security. Our Association belongs to the state group - Mass Coalition
to Preserve Retirement Security (MCPRS) - which in turn is affiliated
with the national Coalition to Preserve Retirement Security (CPRS).