A New Year is upon us. A New Minnesota Legislature will be sworn in and the 2019 Session will begin. A New Governor, a House of Representatives with a New Speaker AND . . . a Change in the Party with the Majority. Forty-five percent of the Legislative persons in the House are New to State Government, and for many it’s their first elected Office. Wow . . . It really is a New Year!!
It is also a time to look back and evaluate our involvements and achievements in the Past year. We can legitimately say that what we were able to do, with our PEPC partners, (Public Employee Pension Coalition), last year was nothing short of amazing. A Pension Bill with unanimous support from All Stakeholder groups, All of the Pension Commission members, and finally the Unanimous Vote of the Legislators in Both Houses . . . is now the Law!! Governor Dayton signed it in to Law, making it the Last Bill he would sign. Another WOW!!
Our focus on Pensions remains an ongoing involvement for REAM. Your Legislative Committee will continue to interact with Policy makers to advocate, to be instructive, and to be informed about forces seeking to undo Defined Benefit Pensions. To that End, we will Host our Semi-Annual Legislative Conference. It is our hope that REAM members from across our great State will choose to participate. It will be held at the TRA Building, at 60 Empire Read in St. Paul on February 21st. As of this writing we have invited many Notable Policy experts to make your participation fruitful. Information about our speakers and Agenda will be available soon.
It is our Goal that every REAM Unit will send at least One representative to the Conference. One car from each Unit will be reimbursed for mileage traveled to and from St. Paul. Registration cost is $25.00. Members can register by email with me or by mailing contact information and a check to my address. Participants will enjoy a continental breakfast and coffee . . . Lunch will also be served.
Please Join Us, your sisters and brothers in REAM, to keep Current and Conversant with Pension Policy and what is happening with our Lawmakers. Thank you for listening!!