May 2003

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.

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.

Regional Retirement Boards Fully Phased In

MAY 2003
- Continue To Serve Members - In 1997, during the booming up-tick of one of the best economic times
ever recorded, county government in Massachusetts took a dramatic turn
for the worse. What began as a financial crisis in one of the country’s
oldest counties, Middlesex, quickly spread across the state.

Local Boards Urged To Vote For 3% July COLA

MAY 2003
- At this point 39 local retirement boards – cities, towns, counties,
districts and authorities – have voted 3% pension COLAs for their
eligible members beginning this July.

Rhode Island Fire Disaster Recalls Memories Of Cocoanut Grove

MAY 2003
- The Parallels With Today’s Headlines Are Haunting - The February 20 fire at The Station, a West Warwick, Rhode Island
nightclub that claimed 99 lives, brought nationwide attention to the
danger of crowded nightspots, which lack proper fire protection.

GPO/WEP Relief Bills Introduced In Congress

MAY 2003
- During the first months of Congress’ 108th session, legislation has
been introduced to outright repeal or otherwise reform Social
Security’s Government Pension Offset (GPO) and Windfall Elimination
Provision (WEP). “Many familiar names appear among those who have filed
relief bills,” comments Association Legislative Chairman Bill Hill.

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).