Attempt to boost pension pay for retired Louisiana employees, teachers dies in legislature

An effort to provide retired state employees and teachers a cost-of-living increase in their pension checks came up short Thursday.

The Louisiana House Retirement Committee deadlocked in a 6-6 vote — effectively killing legislation impacting more than 100,000 retirees.

An effort to allow the full House to consider the measure’s merit also died.

Rep. Sam Jones, D-Franklin, proposed the 1.5 percent cost-of-living adjustment, citing escalating expenses retirees — many on limited fixed and sometimes poverty incomes — are facing.

Jones particularly noted double-digit increases in the state health insurance program costs because of “mismanagement” by the Jindal administration’s Office of Group Benefits.

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Ira Wray

Yes indeed.