Public employees blast proposed PERS reforms

Portland Tribune

“Detractors say the proposed changes disproportionately affect current employees — many of whom are on the Oregon Public Service Retirement Plan — and disincentivize new employees from entering public service professions.”

“Bob Livingston, a Salem firefighter and president of the Oregon State Fire Fighters Council, said Monday the actuary did not take into account a significant precedent: that more state workers than expected retire in years when the Legislature vows to take up reforms to the system. When that happens, more employees draw on retirement benefits.” –  Claire Withycombe