May 2003

Modest Insurance Rates Increase, But Romney Plan Lurks In Background

MAY 2003
- As the Association and our members fight back Governor Romney’s
proposed increase in insurance contribution rates, state insurance
officials have announced an overall modest increase in insurance costs
for the next fiscal year (’04).

Joan Schloss Heads Teachers

MAY 2003
- Trustees Reach Within For Choice - At a meeting one month after Tom Lussier announced his resignation,
the Teachers’ Retirement Board members picked Joan Schloss to be the
Board’s new director.

Cawley Wins State Board Election

MAY 2003
- Torch Passed From Angelo Amato - Bob Cawley of West Roxbury has won a three-year term as an elected
member on the State Retirement Board. The seat Cawley takes over had
been held by Angelo Amato for thirty-three years. Ralph White holds the
other elected seat.

Lussier Heads To Washington

MAY 2003 - Modernized Teachers’ Retirement Board - With
the resignation of Teachers’ Retirement Board Director Tom Lussier, the
unprecedented exodus of the leaders of the Commonwealth’s three largest
retirement boards has been completed.

Hurry-Up Early Retirement In Medford

MAY 2003
- Although Medford did not offer an early retirement incentive (ERI)
last year, Mayor Michael McGlynn and the City Council, faced with a
depleted FY03 budget, quickly passed a home rule petition which allowed
Medford employees to retire under a five-year ERI this February.

Leadership Change For Public Service

MAY 2003
- Key Committee Has Many New Faces - The combined effect of new leadership in the state Senate and a
turnover in House members has lead to a brand-new team at the helm of
the Joint Committee on Public Service.

Romney Sets Eyes On State Pension Plan

MAY 2003 - “Has Corporate Mentality:” White - Governor Romney’s attempt to overhaul state government includes a proposal to change the Commonwealth’s public pension plan.

Romney Targets Insurance

MAY 2003
- Plays ‘Shell Game’ With Pension Funding - With great fanfare, Governor Mitt Romney has filed his budget
proposal for fiscal year 2004, which begins on July 1. Under the plan,
submitted to the Legislature on Wednesday February 26, Romney claims to
have achieved $2 billion in savings by “reforming and restructuring”
state government.

Heating Oil Assistance Deadline: April 30

MAY 2003
- With fuel oil prices soaring this past winter, you may want to take
advantage of the state’s fuel assistance program, known as Low Income
Home Energy Assistance Program, (LIHEAP). But time is quickly running
out with an April 30th deadline for filing.

DALA Decision Appealed

MAY 2003
- No Final Word Yet - As predicted in the January Voice, the two decisions, issued by the
Division of Administrative Law Appeals (DALA) on Option C veterans and
personal use of official motor vehicles, have sparked further
controversy. Currently, they are being appealed, so the final word on
these issues has yet to be heard.