August 22nd 2017

LEOFF 1 Coalition Newsletter - July 2017

Leoff 1 Newsletter

The legislators have gone home and we still have our pension! Click here to read more from the LEOFF 1 Newsletter.

Budget Update:

The Washington State Legislature released the state Omnibus Operating Budget (PSSB 5883) for 2017-2019 early in the morning Friday, June 30, 2017. There was no merger of the LEOFF 1 Retirement Plan. The state legislators are leaving our retirement money alone.
Special thanks to:
  • Senator Mark Miloscia
  • 30th Legislative District
  • Senator Phil Fortunato
  • 31st Legislative District
  • House of Representatives
Thank you for all your help.

-The LEOFF 1 Coalition Board

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Time is running out

The clock is ticking!

We're running out of time! Government faces partial shutdown! Legislators started a 3rd special session Wednesday. There is no agreement on a 2017-2019 operating budget. The 3rd special session started Wednesday, June 21, with 9 days left in the current fiscal year to reach a budget deal and have Governor Inslee sign the bill into law by midnight, June 30. If the budget isn't signed by July 1, the government faces a partial shutdown.
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Honorary Board Member Congressman Dave Reichert Retired Sheriff of King County Joins the Leoff1Coalition!

Read his full biography here.

What's the latest news in Olympia about the Leoff1 Pension system

Are we going to be "merged" or not? Click here.

Legislative Session 2017

The 2017 Legislative Session convene for the regular session on Monday, January 9, 2017 and will end April 23, 2017.

Select Committee on Pension Policy

For the final version click here.
2017 Legislative Reviews - TVW
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Lobby your legislator

Lobbying tips click here.

Retired Teachers Thoughts on Pension Merger Article

It is important to point out that pension checks are not paid from the general fund. Each pay period, school employees contribute to their retirement accounts and the state makes a matching contribution. This money is invested over the course of an employee's career.
Read more for more details.

Retirement Contributions

Click Leoff1 or Teachers Retirement System (TRS) Plan 1 for more details.

2016 Legislature Tries to Raid LEOFF1

Leoff1 coalition Newsletter click here.

Who is the LEOFF1 Coalition?

...and why does the Coalition ask for money?
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Leoff1 Coalition Supporter

Did you receive your Leoff1 Coalition News Letter? If we have missed you, please fill out the contact form below to get a copy.
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Suggestive talking points when meeting with your local legislative candidates

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Positions Points on Pension Mergers and Raids

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Pension and Investments

Washington state high court rules pension benefit reductions are constitutional
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We need your contact information

If you haven't made a contribution in the last six months please send one now. It takes money to fight for your pension.
Please fill out the form here.

Your LEOFF I Healthcare Benefits - What Are They And Who Decides? - By Joe Fischnaller

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State Legislators

Please read this
Bakenhus Decision 1956

Legislator Information!
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more information.

How a Bill Becomes a Law
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Original 1970 Manual
of the

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Medical Service For Plan1 Members
Wa.St. RCW 41.26.030 Section 19
Last Updated March 2017

Law Enforcement Officers' and Fire Fighters' Plan 1 Hand Book

Contact - 1-800-547-6657
Last Updated March 2017

What To Do When
A Death Occurs

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Contact - 1-800-547-6657 ext.47081

Leoff1 Plan Disability Benefits
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Leoff1 Plan Disability Board Guidelines
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Veteran’s Benefits
After Death Occurs


Health Care:
1-877-222-VETS (8387)

VA Inspector General:

Veterans Crisis Line:
1-800-273-8255 (Press 1)

Annual Inflation
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Last Updated March 2014

Lifetime Retirement
Planning Frequently
Asked Questions

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Contact - 1-800-547-6657Last Updated 2010

Washington State Department of Retirement Systems

Social Security
Main Website:
Find an Office:
Contact: 1-800-772-1213
TTY: 1-800-352-0778
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