Advocating for Active and Retired
State Employees and Educators
The Georgia State Retirees Association (GSRA) is an organization focused on keeping retirees and prospective retirees from all parts of Georgia Government informed about any impacts to promised retiree and health insurance benefits.
Important ERS Board Meeting April 21st
On April 21, 2016 Kip Mann, GSRA President, has asked and been invited to address the ERS Board prior to a vote on the issues related to ERS retirees' one-time cost of living adjustment and other COLA related issues. The meeting will take place in the first floor conference room of ERS Offices at 2 Northside 75, Atlanta, Georgia at 10:00 am. In preparation for this meeting GSRA submitted a letter with a related issue paper and requested that it be submitted to Board members in advance of the meeting. You can view the documents at the links below.
Letter to ERS Board
COLA Issue Paper
Final 2017 Budget Bill Contains One-time 3% ERS Adjustment
The House and Senate approved the 2017 Budget, which includes a 3% one-time adjustment for all ERS retirees (regardless of age) up to their first $30,000.00 of retirement benefits. These funds are a one-time adjustment and will not be added into base benefits. What this means is that for those whose benefits are below or up to $30,000.00, they will receive the full 3% adjustment. For those making $30,001 and above they will receive a flat $900.00.
Considering that orginally there were no funds in the budget for an adjustment for ERS retiree benefits to offset the rising cost of living, we think this is a great victory and the House and Senate are to be thanked for their efforts on our behalf!
GSRA Sends COLA Issue Paper to Legislators
GSRA sent two documents to every member of the General Assembly, a Memorandum and an Issue Paper. Both documents stress the need for a 3% adjustment to ERS retirees' benefits and movement toward equity for all state employees and retirees regardless of who they work for or what retirement system they retired under. Each document also stresses that we in no way wish to take away or reduce retirement benefits of any retirement system, rather to seek equity for all systems.
COLA Issue Paper