Social Security

Articles about Social Security that may be useful to Massachusetts retirees

Social Security Threat Looms

MAY 2005
- Retirement Officials Oppose Mandate - With the winds of change swirling around Washington on the issue of
Social Security, Massachusetts retirement officials are keeping a
watchful eye on developments in the nation's capitol. Even though the
fate of President Bush's plan to “reform” Social Security is yet to be
known, the danger of the state's mandatory inclusion in Social Security
is not something to be taken lightly.

WEP/GPO Repeal Gains Ground

MAY 2005
- Now Supported By Majority In House - Legislation that would repeal both the Windfall Elimination Provision
(WEP) and the Government Pension Offset (GPO) has quickly gained the
support of a majority of members of the US House of Representatives.

New Social Security Chairman Announced

MARCH 2005
- MA Congressman Neal Also To Serve On Subcommittee - With the start of the 109th (2005-2006) congressional session, a new
important face has emerged in the Social Security debate and our fight
to repeal the Windfall Elimination Provision (WEP) and Government
Pension Offset (GPO) laws. He is Jim McCrery - a Louisiana congressman
since 1988 who is now the chairman of the powerful Social Security
Subcommittee. Editor's Note: Louisiana is one of the seven states,
including Massachusetts, whose public employees are not covered by
Social Security.

Moving Forward On Social Security Reform

- Questions Posed As GOP Majority Increases - No sooner had the 2004 Election ended than did the phones in the
Association's Beacon Hill office begin to ring. Instead of calling to
inquire about the election itself, members wanted to know what the
reelection of President George W. Bush, combined with a Republican
dominated Congress, would mean for Social Security reform.

Election Stalls GPO/WEP Progress

- Members Urged To Remain Vigilant - Now that the 2004 Presidential Election is just weeks away, progress
on the Government Pension Offset (GPO) and Windfall Elimination
Provision (WEP) laws has stalled before the Congress.

WEP/GPO Repeal: Nears Majority In House

- Efforts are still underway to push forward with a complete repeal of
both the WEP, as well as the GPO. H.R. 594, which combines the repeal
of both the WEP and GPO in a single bill, remains the target of a House
discharge petition. Still short of the 218 votes needed to force the
bill to the House floor for a vote, the bill continues to draw support
from across the country.

Social Security Overhaul

- Slow, Yet Steady, Progress - Progress on the legislative front can often be measured in inches, as
the wheels of government slowly move forward. For the thousands of
Association members, affected by the Government Pension Offset (GPO)
and Windfall Elimination Provision (WEP) laws, the legislative process
may best be described as frustrating and at times simply painful.

Shaw's WEP Compromise Falls

JULY 2004
Short Of Needed Relief - As a result of the mounting pressure to take action on the GPO and
WEP, the Chairman of the House Subcommittee on Social Security, E. Clay
Shaw (R-FL) has proposed a compromise of sorts. Under the plan put
forth by Shaw in mid-May, the House would repeal the WEP and replace it
with a new means of calculating Social Security benefits.

Retirees Keep Pressure On Congress

JULY 2004
- Mass. Delegation On Board - Members from all corners of the country have received the message put
forth by Association President Ralph White - to keep the pressure on
your local Congressman to repeal both the Government Pension Offset
(GPO) and the Windfall Elimination Provision (WEP).

Vote Sought On GPO/WEP Repeal

MAY 2004 - Association Presses Congress to Act - With
much of Washington now focused on the ongoing Presidential and
Congressional election campaigns, the Association has stepped up its
efforts to press for action on both the Government Pension Offset (GPO)
and Windfall Elimination Provision (WEP) laws.