Letter from WREP President
From your WREP President, Owen Jones
One of our goals this past year has been to look at options available for Wyoming Retirement System (WRS) retirees for a cost of Living Adjustment (COLA) in the next few years.
During the 2018-19 period we have joined the WCHR (Wyoming Coalition for a Healthy Retirement). With our combined effort, a bill was put before the House Committee in support of a COLA (the first time in many years) and received a 26 to 30 vote defeating the bill.
This year, 2019-20 we are building our Education Campaign in conjunction with WCHR, to again present to the 2020 Legislature the need for a COLA or inflation adjustment for retirees.
How can you help during the interim? Please take the opportunity to contact your legislator and express the need for an inflation adjustment especially for long time retirees.
1. Many legislators need to learn what a COLA is and why we need one.
2. You, as a retiree, need to make sure legislators hear from you during the interim?
Your WREP Board plans to keep the communication lines open with you regarding our progress. We want to express our appreciation to Steve Harshman and his cohorts for their support efforts during the 2019 session. We will continue to encourage them again during the 2020 session. Your voice needs to be heard this summer during the interim. Please share with us your thoughts, concerns and ideas.
On June 18, 2019, the WREP executive committee is planning to meet with Governor Gordon to share our feelings about the need for an inflation adjustment and get his feelings about how to achieve that for all Wyoming Retirement System retirees. We will share with you any thoughts and ideas the Governor shares with us.