There seems to be some confusion about the recent spate of posts about proposed changes to PERS. To gentle the minds of those already retired, none of these bills propose to do anything to anyone already retired, or to anyone retiring before any of these bills are enacted (if at all). So those of you already retired can spare your anguish, and return to your (hopefully) relaxing retirement. All these bills target those still working and those not working for a PERS agency, but not yet retired. While I think that targeting the next generation to pay for our retirements, it really is no different than Social Security. It isn’t fair, but it is life. I oppose it on principle, and will fight like hell to keep any of these obnoxious bills from taking effect, but the reality is that there is no other way to pay for PERS without a general tax increase aimed at businesses that have gotten away with tax murder since the passage of Ballot Measure 5 in 1990. As far as I can tell, payback for those businesses is a bitch, but it is necessary.
Please don't post your comments more than once. I moderate all comments and a delay between posting and appearing is part of the drill here. I get to all comments in due time. Please don't continually repost the same comment. Only one will be posted. Also, due to the volume of email I'm getting right now, I am unable to guarantee that I will respond to all personal emails sent to my email address. I am being buried alive under an avalanche of email. Please go to the PERS Oregon Discussion (POD) Group, linked below (left) under LINKS to post your question and get a variety of answers. Thank you.