Monthly Archives: May 2011

The Continuing Fight To Reinstate Ballot Measure 8

This story was published in the Bend Bulletin on May 30, 2011. Bend attorney examines PERS Dan Re says conflict of interest nullifies Supreme Court ruling on Measure 8 By Scott Hammers / The Bulletin Published: May 30. 2011 4:00AM … Continue reading

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Most Legislators Resisted Efforts to Disclose Their PERS Status in 2010

During the Special Session of the Oregon legislature in February 2010, I sent each one of them an e-mail.  That e-mail requested the legislator to tell me if he or she was a PERS members.  Only the following ten legislators provided … Continue reading

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PERS Is the Oregon Legistaure’s Highest Financial Priority

When you look at what the Oregon legislature has done to protect PERS benefits, there can be no doubt that to the majority of legislators PERS is the state’s highest spending priority.  A perfect example is the special legislation passed by the … Continue reading

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Did You Know This About The Oregon Legislators And PERS

After the Oregon Legislators passed a law that allowed them to retroactively join PERS in 1975, most of them did join.   Ever since then, legislators who were PERS members have controlled the legislature and they have consistently put PERS first. … Continue reading

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Did You Know This About The Oregon Legislators, PERS And The Oregon Ethics Code?

In 1975 the Oregon Ethics Code became effective.  The Ethics Code had been referred to the people by the Legislative Assembly and it was adopted in the November, 1974 general election.  The Code was a reaction to the Watergate scandal.  It … Continue reading

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Did You Know This About PERS and Oregon’s Judges

When PERS was created in 1945, Oregon’s judges were not members.  The judges had their own retirement plan, the Judges Retirement Fund.  That situation remained unchanged until 1983 when the Oregon legislature made all persons becoming judges after 1983 mandatory … Continue reading

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Did You Know This About The PERS Pick UP?

Today in Oregon at least 70% of the PERS employees have their employee PERS contributions paid for them by their employer.  The payment of employee PERS contributions by the public employer is known as the PERS pick up.  PERS reports that … Continue reading

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