RPEA 2017 Legislative Program
Final Status as of June 21, 2017
- Oppose any reductions in Medicare
- Oppose all proposals which would reduce health insurance currently available to retirees
- Support federal legislation which would change the measure of inflation currently used to calculate the Social Security COLA from the Consumer Price Index (CPI) for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers (CPI-W) to an index called the Consumer Price Index for the Elderly (CPI-E), which more accurately reflects costs borne by seniors, such as medical care.
- Support measures designed to ensure the long-term financial security of the Social Security program such as removal of the threshold after which Social Security taxes are no longer withheld from an individual’s earnings. The current earnings limitation is $127,200.
Memorandum of Support In Red
Committee Status: Senate-Assembly
- State Budget: Oppose Governor’s proposal to reduce NYSHIP Medicare reimbursement and eliminate IRMAA reimbursement: Full Budget Testimony by RPEA
Status: We were successful in having these items removed from the budget.
- Assure that Medicare charges are reimbursed when a NYSHIP retiree is paying full premium contribution and Medicare is used for primary coverage: S.1612, Golden – A.2000, Abbate: Memorandum in Support
Status: Passed Senate – Reported to Ways & Means
- Increase the maximum allowable public service earnings from $30,000 to $35,000 for public service retirees under 65 who return to government service: S.3576, Tedisco – A.3327, McDonald: Memorandum in Support
Status: Passed Senate unanimously – Governmental Employees
- Increase the maximum allowable public service earnings from $30,000 to $50,000 for public service retirees under 65 who return to government service: S.5725, Lanza – A. 5210, Titone: Memorandum in Support
Status: Senate Calendar – Governmental Employees
- Require 90 day notice before a locality may change provisions of retirees’ health care plan: S.4324, Tedisco – A.5210, Abinanti: Memorandum in Support
Status: Passed Senate unanimously – Passed Assembly
- Increase the Survivor’s Benefit from $3,000 to $3,500 available through the Retirement System: S.2926, Golden – A.2979, Brindisi: Memorandum in Support
Status: Reported to Finance – Reported to Ways & Means
- Increase pension COLA base from $18,000 to $25,000: S.3306, Richie – A.6045, Steck: Memorandum in Support
Status: Civil Service & Pensions – Governmental Employees
- Secure Choice Savings Program for private sector workers: S.4344, Savino – A.4982, Rodriguez: Memorandum in Support
Status: Civil Service & Pensions – Reported to Rules
- Guarantee NYSHIP contribution percentages for State retirees as of the date of retirement: S.1862, Golden – A.2833, Abbate: Memorandum in Support
Status: Reported to Finance – Governmental Employees
- Guarantee public service retirees health care benefits available upon retirement unless there is an equivalent change for active employees: A.5455, Weprin: Memorandum in Support
Status: Govermental Employees
- Permit retirees to allow voluntary dues deduction from pension for RPEA membership: S.1740, Golden – A. 3491 DenDekker: Memorandum in Support
Status: Civil Service & Pensions – Held at Sponsor’s Request – Governmental Employees
- Establish a personal income tax credit for certain retired employees (M/C’s): S.3066A, Young – A.5211B, Fahy: Memorandum in Support
Status: Investigations & Government Operations – Ways and Means
RPEA has retained Kevin Cleary Government Relations as our lobbyist for the 2017 legislative session. Kevin has 36 years experience in the workings of state government.
Kevin will be collaborating with colleagues Tim Sheridan and David Langdon on our issues. Both have extensive legislative experience in the capitol. Combined, the three have over 100 years in legislative/advocacy experience.