Friday, February 6, 2009

New Obama Administration brings renewed hope for repeal of WEP/GPO

The election of Barack Obama, as the 44th President of the United States, has brought a renewed hope to the thousands of members suffering under the Social Security Offset laws.

The Windfall Elimination Provision (WEP) and Government Pension Offset (GPO) reduce, or in some cases, eliminate the Social Security benefit of retired MA public employees.

A majority of public retirees from Illinois, Massachusetts, California, Colorado, Louisiana, Ohio, and Texas, are impacted by the WEP or GPO.

While most Washington observers do not expect Social Security reform to be an issue advanced by the new president or Congress in 2009, officials from the affected non-Social Security states continue coalition building and lobbying efforts.

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