Even as lawmakers struggle with the possibility of deep cuts to state services, the road to a bump in the monthly pension checks for nearly 125,000 state retirees and their survivors — living mostly in the Baton Rouge and New Orleans areas — begins Monday when a Louisiana Senate panel is scheduled to take up a cost of living adjustment bill.
“They’ll get a COLA because there’s enough money, but the funding mechanism means different amounts,” said Senate Retirement Committee Chairman Barrow Peacock, R-Shreveport.
In Peacock’s Senate Bill 2, pensioners over the age of 60, who have been retired for at least a year and are drawing checks from one of the four state systems, would receive, starting July 1, a 1.5 percent increase for state workers and teachers; 1.8 percent bump for public school employees; and 2 percent more for State Police. It calculates out to an average increase of about $30 per month for retirees, but the exact amounts are difficult to determine and depend on many variables.
If approved, it would be the first increase in two years.