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Repeal the WEP/GPO Penalties and Protect Earned Social Security Benefits

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WHEREAS, After 1965, California?s educators were not allowed to participate in the Federal Social Security System; and
WHEREAS, The State Teachers? Retirement System is not coordinated with the Federal Social Security System; and
WHEREAS, The benefits of certain members of the Public Employees? Retirement System and retirement systems established pursuant to the County Employees Retirement Law of 1937 are not coordinated with the Federal Social Security System; and
WHEREAS, The public safety officers? retirement plans are uniquely designed to address the special needs of their professions, including firefighters? unique employment characteristics, such as the physical demands of the job, which ultimately result in higher injury rates and permanent disabilities; and
WHEREAS, The Social Security Act includes two penalties, the Government Pension Offset (GPO) and the Windfall Elimination Provision (WEP), that reduce the Social Security benefits payable to persons who are entitled to benefits under other retirement systems, and which directly controvert the designed intention of these California public retirement system plans; and
WHEREAS, These provisions penalize individuals who move from private sector employment into teaching, public safety, and other careers in public service; and
WHEREAS, These provisions penalize individuals who earned Social Security benefits through their own employment prior to or after public service by denying earned benefits; and
WHEREAS, The elimination of the Government Pension Offset and the Windfall Elimination Provision would greatly improve the opportunities for hiring and retaining teachers, peace officers, firefighters, and other public employees in California; and
WHEREAS, The elimination of the Government Pension Offset and the Windfall Elimination Provision would provide economic stimulus across California by providing earned retirement benefits to public servants in every region of this state during this time of continuing slow economic growth;

The WEP/GPO:
? Penalizes public employees in all 50 states;
? Denies earned and paid for benefits;
? Penalizes widows and widowers by up to 100% loss of survivor benefits;

Congress must act now to provide Social Security Solvency and Fairness.

Congress must act to repeal the WEP/GPO and protect earned and paid for Social Security benefits.

We the undersigned want Congress to act to provide Social Security Solvency and Fairness by repealing the Windfall Elimination Provision and the Government Pension Offset.
Public Comments
Feb 19th, 2013
Someone from Madera, CA writes:
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I, a widow, am penalized out of survivor benefits. I also paid into the system before I began teaching.
Feb 19th, 2013
Someone from Arroyo Grande, CA signed.
Feb 19th, 2013
Someone from San Jose, CA writes:
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It's about time!
Feb 19th, 2013
Someone from Palmdale, CA writes:
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Both my spouse & I are affected. We both came to teaching later in life. It is not fair for GOVT to keep my money!
Feb 19th, 2013
Someone from Atwater, CA signed.
Feb 19th, 2013
Someone from Placerville, CA signed.
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Someone from Merced, CA signed.
Feb 19th, 2013
Someone from Fair Oaks, CA signed.
Feb 17th, 2013
Someone from San Diego, CA writes:
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This is my third career after working in retail and private non-profit early childhood, I'm now a para-educator in public schools. This would impact ALL my funds from many, many years. Repeal WEP/GPO. Repeal it now.
Feb 13th, 2013
Someone from Atwater, CA signed.
Feb 11th, 2013
Someone from Merced, CA signed.
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Someone from Merced, CA signed.
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Someone from Orange, CA signed.
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Feb 10th, 2013
Someone from Merced, CA signed.
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Someone from Merced, CA signed.
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Someone from Corona, CA signed.
Feb 9th, 2013
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Feb 8th, 2013
Someone from Newark, CA signed.
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Someone from Santa Rosa, CA signed.
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Someone from Santa Rosa, CA signed.
Feb 7th, 2013
Someone from Santa Rosa, CA signed.
Feb 7th, 2013
Someone from San Diego, CA signed.
Feb 7th, 2013
Someone from Visalia, CA signed.
Feb 6th, 2013
Someone from Santa Maria, CA writes:
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My husband died at age 59 before ever getting any social security retirement. Now my teachers pension offsets any of his spousal benefits that would come to me. Evelyn M. of Santa Maria, CA
Feb 6th, 2013
Someone from San Luis Obispo, CA writes:
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WEP/GPO hurts those most who have a modest public pension.

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