Some friendly hitchhikers added to an effort to boost the monthly pension checks of retired state employees and teachers should help ensure the bill’s passage, the legislation’s sponsor said Monday.
The Senate Retirement Committee amended House Bill 42, then agreed to the proposed 1.5 percent cost-of-living adjustment, or COLA, for about 135,000 retirees.
The measure now heads to the Senate floor for debate. If approved there, it would return to the House for concurrence in Senate changes.
“I feel really good about it,” said Rep. Sam Jones, D-Franklin, who is sponsoring HB42. “It’s an easier task to carry this back.”
Jones argued that retirees needed a pension increase this year because health care costs had more than eaten up last year’s average monthly benefits increase of less than $30 a month. The pension adjustment proposed by Jones would add another $30 per month to the average retiree’s check.
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