Will state consider additional PERS reforms?

Sen. Tim Knopp asked Senate President Peter Courtney to schedule public hearings on more Public Employee Retirement System changes. It’s uncertain if the hearings will take place.

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“The high cost of impending 2017 PERS rate increases will be felt throughout the state,” Knopp wrote in a letter to Senate President Peter Courtney. “In order to enact fair, constitutional PERS reforms, we need to start the public discussion with hearings now.”

…Robin Maxey, Courtney’s spokesman, said Sen. Michael Dembrow, D-Portland, who chairs the Senate Workforce Committee, was considering holding hearings on the PERS issue this year. Dembrow was traveling and couldn’t confirm the hearings, Maxey said.

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Jordan Masanga, the Oregon Public Employees Retirement System’s chief information officer, proposed a tech overhaul to improve PERS’ cyber security and software programs earlier this month, despite the PERS deficit exceeding $21 billion.

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