AUGUSTA — The Maine Association of Retirees is asking its members to attend legislative hearings here next month to speak against budget cuts proposed by Gov. Paul LePage.
Members are asked to be clear and complete in describing the hardships that they anticipate and how the proposed cuts will affect their living situation and quality of life.
Association leaders have been strongly stating to members of the Appropriations and Financial Affairs Committee that those retirees receiving benefits through MePERS were hired, worked and chose when to retire based on commitments made to them — that they would have financial security and health insurance security. It is not reasonable or fair to change the laws and rules at this late stage, they point out.
The hearing dates and times, during which members are asked to testify or show support for fellow members, are:
- 10 a.m. March 2, on state cost of living adjustment proposals.
- 1 p.m. March 3 on state health insurance proposals.
- 10 a.m. March 4 on teacher pension & health insurance proposals.
For more information, contact Florence Hoover-Johnson, Maine Association of Retirees, at 582-1960 ext. 202 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.