It was a move that everyone who has followed the problems of the Public Employees’ Retirement System (PERS) of Mississippi has known was coming for years. PERS recently announced its board of trustees voted to increase the amount of employer contributions from worker salaries for the pension fund to 17.4 percent, starting July 1, 2019.
A recently released report by the Performance Evaluation and Expenditure Review (PEER) Committee of the Mississippi Legislature attempts to address the fiscal issues with Mississippi’s pension system for state, municipal and county employees, but doesn’t go far enough to offer solutions to fix the ailing fund. The report mentions that the Public Employees’ Retirement System of Mississippi’s fiscal goal of reaching the 80 percent funding ratio by 2042 is not attainable.
According to data from the Public Employees’ Retirement System of Mississippi, the annual cost of living adjustment (COLA) given to retirees, often in a year-ending lump sum known as the “13th check,” is threatening to hollow out the pension fund’s finances.
PERS and the state’s budgetary issues are two main reasons for the downgrade.
The Public Employees’ Retirement System of Mississippi is in serious jeopardy, as the number of retirees increase and the unfunded liabilities continue to grow.
NY appeals court decision details suit alleging kickback scheme involving Jim Hood’s outside counsel
On February 29, an article in Forbes came out with an article detailing a US 2nd District Court opinion that involved Mississippi litigation outsourced by Jim Hood that involved a lawsuit involving an alleged kickback scheme.