The 2017 Legislature has come to a close, and here’s the good and bad news for Oregon PERS recipients in general and OPRI members in particular: Legislators took no action on PERS-related issues.
That’s overwhelmingly good news for OPRI members, because there was always the possibility that legislators would attempt to balance the state budget on the backs of PERS retirees or current public employees. That didn’t happen in the 2017 session.
No big action on PERS savings though, meant there would be no smaller action, such as the OPRI bills to help retirees whose benefits have been wrongly cut by having their income tax remedy payments withdrawn or withheld. Disappointing, yet acceptable in the short-term.