Social Security

Articles about Social Security that may be useful to Massachusetts retirees

Social Security Remains Hot Topic

MARCH 2004
- State Officials Push For Federal Change - While Social Security is a national program that is governed entirely
by federal law, several state legislators are doing what they can to
push Congress towards repealing both the Government Pension Offset
(GPO) and the Windfall Elimination Provision (WEP).

GPO and WEP Explained: Q & A

JANUARY 2004
- Answers to Most Frequently Asked Questions - Over the course of the years that our Association has been fighting
to repeal Social Security's GPO (Government Pension Offset) and WEP
(Windfall Elimination Provision), we have received hundreds of
communications from our members and other interested parties. Here are
some of the most frequent questions and our answers to them. (Editor's Note: Periodically we offer an explanation of the GPO and WEP for our new members and as a refresher for all of us.)

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Lobbyists Take To Capitol Hill

JANUARY 2004
- GPO/WEP Laws Addressed - Marking the next step in our battle to repeal the dreaded Government
Pension Offset (GPO) and Windfall Elimination Provision (WEP) laws, the
Association has recently traveled to Washington to meet with federal
officials on the issue of Social Security benefits.

Washington Lobbying Increases GPO/WEP Message Gets Through

NOVEMBER 1, 2003 - Members
who have recently taken the time to contact their US Congressmen and
Senators to ask for their support in the Association’s efforts to
repeal the dreaded GPO/WEP laws will be pleased to hear that their
efforts are paying off.

Association Mounts Pressure On Congress

NOVEMBER 2003
- Day in and day out, the Association receives scores of calls, letters
and emails from members who are adversely affected by Social Security's
so-called "anti-double dipping" laws. Many members relate stories as to
the negative impact these federal laws have had on their lives.

WEP/GPO Repeal Supported By Majority Of Congressmen

SEPTEMBER 2003
- Before Congress returns from its summer recess, the call had gone out
to those senators and representatives, who had yet to sponsor WEP
(Windfall Elimination Provision) and GPO (Government Pension Offset)
repeal legislation, to get on board and become a co-sponsor.

Congress Holds Hearings On GPO/WEP Relief

JULY 2003
- Threat Of Mandatory Social Security Looms Again - In sharp contrast to past congressional sessions, there is action
early in this (108th) Congress on Social Security's Government Pension
Offset (GPO) and Windfall Elimination Provision (WEP). According to
Association Legislative Chairman Bill Hill, "During the last (107th)
session, a hearing on the WPO and WEP was conducted when only a few
months remained in the session, leaving little time for the Congress to
take further action. "This time around, a hearing was held just four
months into the session."

GPO/WEP Relief Bills Introduced In Congress

MAY 2003
- During the first months of Congress’ 108th session, legislation has
been introduced to outright repeal or otherwise reform Social
Security’s Government Pension Offset (GPO) and Windfall Elimination
Provision (WEP). “Many familiar names appear among those who have filed
relief bills,” comments Association Legislative Chairman Bill Hill.

Association Enlists Florida Members In Fight Against GPO And WEP

MARCH 2003
- Relief Bills Introduced In Congress - When it comes to relief from Social Security's Government Pension
Offset (GPO) and Windfall Elimination Provision (WEP), the Association
will do whatever it can to push this much needed legislation through
the Congress. Last year, we enlisted the help of our Maine and Vermont
members, and now we've turned to our Florida membership.Earlier
this year, several hundred members, living in the Ft. Lauderdale/
Pompano Beach area, met with Association officials. Ft Lauderdale is
also represented by Congressman Clay Shaw, Jr. who has served as
chairman of the Social Security Subcommittee – a critical committee to
any earlier success toward relief.

GPO/WEP Update

JANUARY 2003
- When the new Congress convenes its 108th Session this January,
legislation, repealing or otherwise providing relief from Social
Security's Government Pension Offset (GPO) and Windfall Elimination
Provision (WEP), will again be introduced. According to Legislative
Chairman Bill Hill, "We expect that support for GPO and WEP relief
bills will be stronger than ever as the number of retirees and
employees hurt by these federal laws continues to grow - not only here
in Massachusetts but also in another 26 states.