September 2010

Cola Base Breakthrough

Patrick Approves Landmark Law 

SEPTEMBER 2010 VOICE: Governor Deval Patrick approved the Association's proposal that will allow local retirement systems to incrementally increase the COLA base beyond the current $12,000 level.

This marks a major breakthrough in the state's COLA policy that will have a lasting impact on all public retirees. A similar plan to increase the base for state and teacher retirees will be addressed early next year, along with the revaluation of the Commonwealth's pension funding schedule.

Local Insurance Power Grab Thwarted

Bargaining Right Not Eliminated

SEPTEMBER 2010 VOICE: Heeding calls not to violate the rights of active and retired local employees by eliminating health care bargaining rights, the Legislature has rejected a scheme devised by local officials to gain control of health insurance “plan design”.

State/teacher Cola Approved

Anything But Routine 2010

SEPTEMBER 2010 VOICE: There was nothing routine about the 2010 state and teachers 3% COLA. Beginning with a misstep, in which the governor did not include the COLA authorization language in his FY 11 budget proposal, the passage of the COLA remained uncertain until the budget was signed on June 29.

While the House of Representatives did include authorization for the full 3% COLA within their April budget, the Senate did not include the measure when they took up the budget in May.