Social Security

Articles about Social Security that may be useful to Massachusetts retirees

EAST MEETS WEST

To Renew WEP/GPO Efforts

SEPTEMBER 2013 VOICE: Chances are US Senators Mark Begich and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska are not household names to most Massachusetts public retirees. Nor is Alaska often mentioned within the group of seven primary non-Social Security states most impacted by the Windfall Elimination Provision (WEP) and Government Pension Offset (GPO).

SOCIAL SECURITY MARKS 78TH ANNIVERSARY

SOCIAL SECURITY MARKS 78TH ANNIVERSARY

AUGUST 14, 2013: On this day in 1935, President Franklin Roosevelt signed the Social Security Act into law, marking the beginning of one of the most successful social programs in world history. Arguably, few public policies have done more to bring about positive change in quality of life in than Social Security.

Prior to Social Security, millions of elderly Americans lived in dire poverty and squalor. While the fight to combat poverty remains some 78 years later, much improvement has been made in the overall health and lives of retired Americans.

STATE-BY-STATE WEP/GPO IMPACT GROWS

Massachusetts Retirees Not Alone

JULY 2013 VOICE: At times, Association members, affected by the Windfall Elimination Provision (WEP) and Government Pension Offset (GPO), may feel that they are alone in the fight to repeal both dreaded laws.

WARREN, CAPUANO & KENNEDY JOIN RENEWED FIGHT

WEP/GPO REPEAL Bill Filed in Senate

JUNE 21, 2013: Members impacted by either the Windfall Elimination Provision (WEP) or Government Pension Offset (GPO) received reason for increased optimism that the two regressive federal laws days may be numbered.

Following an earlier bill (HR 1795) filed in the House, Senator Mark Begich (D-Alaska) has filed S.896. The bill now has 9 cosponsors from across the political spectrum, including Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren and Maine’s Susan Collins.

SUPPORT GROWS FOR WEP/GPO REPEAL BILL

JUNE 11, 2013: Support for the recently filed H.R. 1795 has grown to 61 cosponsors over the five week period since the bill was first introduced.

Sponsored by Republican Congressman Rodney Davis of Illinois and Democrat Adam Schiff of California, H.R. 1795 aims to fully repeal both the Windfall Elimination Provision (WEP) and Government Pension Offset (GPO).

What’s Next for Social Security?

New York Times
Editorial Board

The trustees of Social Security recently reported that the retirement system can pay full benefits until 2035, when it will be able to pay about three-fourths of promised benefits. That is not a crisis. It is a manageable problem.

A Grand Bargain For Social Security Reform?

WEP/GPO Compromise Sought

MAY 2013 VOICE: As President Obama and Congressional Leaders search for a means to address the current budget deficit and America’s long-term debt, the prospects of a potential “grand bargain” between the White House and Congressional Republicans continues to loom.

BIPARTISAN REPEAL OF WEP/GPO UNDERWAY

H.R.1795 Introduced In 113th Congress

May 1, 2013: Congressmen, from different states and political parties, have joined together to hopefully correct a longstanding problem that they share in common – and with us here – namely, Social Security’s oppressive Windfall Elimination Provision (WEP) and Government Pension Offset (GPO).

A budget primer for White House budget week

By Josh Hicks
Washington Post
April 8, 2013