WAMU 88.5 : Morning Edition

Filed Under:

Schools, Municipalities Fight Virginia Pension System Change

Play associated audio

The budget of every local government across Virginia is at stake as a coalition of municipalities and school systems opposes a measure that would reorganize the state retirement system. The group is asking the governor to reject the bill, which passed in the General Assembly shortly before its legislative session ended on March 10.

The Virginia Association of Counties, the Virginia Association of School Superintendents, the Virginia Municipal League and the Virginia School Boards Association are all calling on Republican Governor Bob McDonnell to reject the plan to change how the Virginia Retirement System is funded, at least for this year. 

At issue is a measure approved by lawmakers that would increase salaries for school employees and local government workers by 5 percent, with the money going toward retirement programs. 

Mike Amyx, executive director of the Virginia Municipal League, says the higher salaries would create more taxes, which would mean employees would have reduced take-home pay. And local governments would be out tens of millions of dollars, he adds.

"The timing is absolutely terrible," Amyx says. "Schools and local governments are deeply into their budget process, and they've been thrown a curve ball as to how they are going to come up with the additional cost."

The coalition supports a reenactment clause, which would temporarily pull the bill and give local governments an opportunity to understand the ramifications.

WAMU 88.5

It Takes A Nation: Art For Social Justice At The Katzen Arts Center

As the Minister of Culture for the Black Panther Party, graphic artist Emory Douglas created striking visual images for the movement's publications and posters.

NPR

How Arnold Palmer Hit A Hole-In-One With His Signature Drink

As we mourn the golf great, we acknowledge another contribution he made to our culture: the tasty and refreshing iced tea and lemonade beverage that carries his name.
WAMU 88.5

It Takes A Nation: Art For Social Justice At The Katzen Arts Center

As the Minister of Culture for the Black Panther Party, graphic artist Emory Douglas created striking visual images for the movement's publications and posters.

NPR

Live Fact Check: Trump And Clinton Debate For The First Time

NPR reporters and editors are live annotating Monday night's debate. Read the latest fact check, analysis and context here.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.