Monthly Archives: September 2011

1975, Christmas Comes Early For PERS Legislators

PERS was created in 1945.  In 1971 the Oregon Attorney General withdrew a 1963 opinion which held that legislators could not join PERS and decided that legislators could join PERS after all.  In 1975 PERS legislators really took care of themselves.  They used … Continue reading

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The PERS Pick Up, It’s A Double Benefit

The PERS Pick Up was invented by Oregon legislators in 1979, eight years after the Oregon Attorney General withdrew an earlier opinion and ruled  that they could join PERS.  Once legislators could join PERS, they not only did so but they … Continue reading

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Oregon’s PERS Priority

Most of Oregon’s legislators are members of the Oregon Public Employees Retirement System (PERS).  PERS members, however, make up less than 10% of Oregon’s population.  Despite their clear minority status, PERS members have taken complete control over the legislature, the courts … Continue reading

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UPDATE 8: The Fight To Reinstate Ballot Measure 8

On August 18, 2011, the Oregon Court of Appeals denied my request for non-PERS judges to decide whether certain PERS regulations are valid.   If those regulations are not valid, no PERS member would receive the PERS pick up and they could not … Continue reading

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September 2, 2011 Bend Bulletin Editorial

Take aim at PERS  Published: September 02. 2011 4:00AM PST  Bend attorney Daniel Re has been taking on the state’s public employee retirement system in the courts. One of his arguments is that the people who make critical decisions about … Continue reading

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