pensions http://nwpr.org en Incoming Oregon Lawmaker Will Be First To Be Banned From PERS http://nwpr.org/post/incoming-oregon-lawmaker-will-be-first-be-banned-pers <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2014/01/011314CL_pensions_web.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>Last year, Oregon lawmakers approved a bill that will bar their future colleagues from signing up for the state's public pension plan, or PERS.<p> Tue, 14 Jan 2014 00:45:34 +0000 Chris Lehman 39975 at http://nwpr.org Incoming Oregon Lawmaker Will Be First To Be Banned From PERS Washington Senator Proposes End To Pensions For Elected Officials http://nwpr.org/post/washington-senator-proposes-end-pensions-elected-officials <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2014/01/010814AJ_ElectedPensions_web.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>A Washington state senator says if 401(k)s are good enough for Boeing machinists, they should be good enough for those who hold elected office.<p> Thu, 09 Jan 2014 02:31:40 +0000 Austin Jenkins 39766 at http://nwpr.org Washington Senator Proposes End To Pensions For Elected Officials Billions At Stake As Washington Supreme Court Hears Pension Cases http://nwpr.org/post/billions-stake-washington-supreme-court-hears-pension-cases <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2013/10/102413AJ_WAPensions_web.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>Billions of dollars are at stake as the Washington Supreme Court considers a pair of pension cases. Oral arguments were Thursday.<p> Thu, 24 Oct 2013 23:07:33 +0000 Austin Jenkins 36259 at http://nwpr.org Billions At Stake As Washington Supreme Court Hears Pension Cases Special Session Bills Advancing In Oregon Legislature http://nwpr.org/post/special-session-bills-advancing-oregon-legislature Oregon lawmakers are moving ahead with a special session agenda. As of this afternoon, all five measures have received approval from at least one chamber.<p> Wed, 02 Oct 2013 22:57:40 +0000 Chris Lehman 35132 at http://nwpr.org Special Session Bills Advancing In Oregon Legislature Kitzhaber Takes Push For Public Pension, Tax Increase Package On The Road http://nwpr.org/post/kitzhaber-takes-push-public-pension-tax-increase-package-road <p style="margin-bottom: 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;">Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber is hitting the road with his push for additional legislative action to curb public pension costs. The Democrat visited with local leaders in Hillsboro Friday.</p><p> Fri, 26 Jul 2013 23:24:49 +0000 Chris Lehman 31612 at http://nwpr.org Kitzhaber Takes Push For Public Pension, Tax Increase Package On The Road 2013 Oregon Legislative Session Filled With Disappointments, Victories http://nwpr.org/post/2013-oregon-legislative-session-filled-disappointments-victories <p>Oregon lawmakers had hoped to finish up their legislative session over the weekend. But it didn’t work out that way. Instead, the final gavel is expected to fall sometime Monday. Democrats control both chambers and the governor’s office, and they claimed a series of victories. But many of the highest-profile agenda items didn’t go as planned. Salem Correspondent Chris Lehman explains.</p><p> Mon, 08 Jul 2013 13:51:05 +0000 Chris Lehman 30573 at http://nwpr.org 2013 Oregon Legislative Session Filled With Disappointments, Victories Local Governments Watch Oregon Public Pension Debate http://nwpr.org/post/local-governments-watch-oregon-public-pension-debate <p>Oregon lawmakers are locked in a stalemate over whether to make additional cuts to the state's <a href="http://www.oregon.gov/pers/Pages/index.aspx">pension system for public employees.</a> The debate will affect every unit of government in Oregon. Most of the conversation at the capitol has surrounded the impact to state agencies and schools. But city and county governments are also watching the pension battle closely.</p><p> Wed, 19 Jun 2013 01:42:19 +0000 Chris Lehman 29590 at http://nwpr.org Local Governments Watch Oregon Public Pension Debate Advocates Push For Deeper Pension Cuts As Talks Stall http://nwpr.org/post/advocates-push-deeper-pension-cuts-talks-stall <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2013/06/060613CL_reynolds_web.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>Some education and business groups are pushing Oregon lawmakers for deeper cuts to the state’s public pension system. Talks between Governor John Kitzhaber and four legislative leaders stalled this week without an agreement.<p>Advocates for additional pension cuts made their case at a press conference on the front steps of the state capitol Thursday. Betty Reynolds serves on the West Linn-Wilsonville School Board. Thu, 06 Jun 2013 23:57:08 +0000 Chris Lehman 28877 at http://nwpr.org Oregon Senate Passes Pension Cutting Plan http://nwpr.org/post/oregon-senate-passes-pension-cutting-plan <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2013/04/041113CL_persvote.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&#160;&#160;</span>SALEM, Ore. – Cost cutting to Oregon’s public sector pension system is on the fast track. The Oregon House could vote as soon as next week on a controversial proposal to cut benefits for retired public employees. The Oregon Senate approved the measure Thursday on a party-line vote.<p>The proposal would limit cost of living increases to retired public employees, including teachers, city and state workers. Fri, 12 Apr 2013 00:01:56 +0000 Chris Lehman 25757 at http://nwpr.org Oregon Senate Passes Pension Cutting Plan Opponents Pack PERS Hearing In Salem http://nwpr.org/post/opponents-pack-pers-hearing-salem <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2013/03/032713CL_jacobsen_web.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>SALEM, Ore. – Public employees in Oregon are voicing their objections to a measure aimed at cutting the cost of public pensions. They packed a legislative hearing in Salem Wednesday. Legislative budget-writers have floated a proposal that would limit cost of living increases for retired workers.<p>James Jacobsen is an administrative assistant in the College of Education at the University of Oregon. He expects to retire in about four years. Wed, 27 Mar 2013 23:57:54 +0000 Chris Lehman 24973 at http://nwpr.org