VOTE:NO – Died In Committee
Status (overview) of bill:https://olis.leg.state.or.us/liz/2019R1/Measures/Overview/SB641
Committee assigned to bill:https://olis.leg.state.or.us/liz/2019R1/Committees/SWF/Overview
This bill establish a new 401(k)-type retirement plan for new employees separating accounts from PERS. Employers contribute 10% to the account and employees have the option of contributing 2% to be matched by employer.
Personal Choice and Responsibility
Inadvertently provides a 6% pay raise by shifting contribution responsibility to employers.
Reduces combined contributions from 12% to 10% to be contributed by employer – inadvertently giving employees a 6% raise. However, if the employee opts to contribute an additional 2%, the employer must match bringing the total contribution back to 12%. Requires employer contribution rate set by Public Employees Retirement Board, including employer contributions to individual account program, to be at least 18% of salary. The segregation of individual accounts limits available funds to cover the deficit, which may be a problem in the future before the deficit can be reduced. The major remaining problem of calculating retirement benefits is not addressed making this bill a whole lot of nothing in resolving future deficit buildup.
Directs board to recalculate employer contribution rates to reflect savings attributable to Act limited by the 18% of salary. Limiting employer contributions will not stop the deficit from growing. Provides for expedited review of Act by Supreme Court upon petition by adversely affected party.