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Johnson invites Oregonians to help solve PERS problems

   
State Sens. Betsy Johnson, D-Scappoose, and Tim Knopp, R-Bend, are inviting Oregonians interested in helping solve the Public Employees Retirement System funding crisis to participate in the Bipartisan PERS Solutions Work Group. The work group will study and make recommendations regarding PERS, according to a joint press release from the legislators. Currently, state and local governments are facing an $885 million increase in PERS costs starting July 1, the release states. “Oregon needs bipartisan PERS solutions that are legal, fair, and protect our schools,” Johnson notes in the release. “A public work group will allow a thorough vetting of all proposals informed by advocates from diverse perspectives.” The first Bipartisan PERS Solutions Work Group meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, Sept. 21, from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Oregon State Capitol Building in Hearing Room 174. Anyone interesting in serving as a member of the work group should email Johnson’s office at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or Knopp’s office at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..