Inslee: No pension attacks on my watch!



inslee-sos.11414Inslee to block attacks on our pensions, support COLAs

In a follow up to his State of the State address Tuesday (Jan. 14), Gov. Jay Inslee assured state employees he will block the attacks on your pensions.

“I also want to put an end to any concerns you may have about state employee pensions being at risk,” Inslee said in an e-mail to all state employees.

“There are proposals in the Legislature that could change our pension system. But I can assure you that won’t happen while I’m governor.”

The Senate Majority Coalition has vowed to phase out our pensions in favor of the risky – and discredited — 401(k)-style defined contribution plans.

Inslee also repeated his promise made last month when he rolled out his supplemental budget plan to support state employee cost-of-living adjustments in the next biennial budget to be written next year.

“I want you to know that I fully recognize the sacrifices state employees have made during the past five years,” Inslee said in his e-mail. “This is very important to me.

“State employees have not received a cost-of-living increase since 2008 and we must do everything possible to address this issue in the next budget.”

In his State of the State address, Inslee also publicly praised public employees.

“We are incredibly fortunate to have a dedicated and talented workforce made up of people who take pride in their job,” the governor told a joint session of the Legislature.

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