ICYMI: State retirees to see bump in pension checks with Governor Edwards' COLA approval

A lot of retired teachers, troopers, school workers and state government employees will start seeing slightly bigger monthly pension checks starting July 1.

Gov. John Bel Edwards on Thursday signed into law a cost-of-living adjustment for nearly 125,000 pensioners who are over the age of 60 and have been retired at least a year. Most live in the Baton Rouge and New Orleans areas. It’s the first increase in two years.

Senate Bill 2, now called Act 93, distributes the cost-of-living adjustments, called COLAs, based on calculations that rely on the funding levels of the individual retirement systems.

Members of the Louisiana State Employees’ Retirement System are in line for a 1.5 percent increase on the first $60,000 of their benefits. Teachers Retirement System of Louisiana members will receive a 1.5 percent hike.

Louisiana School Employees’ Retirement System members get a 2 percent raise as do those with the Louisiana State Police Retirement System. A number of State Police retirees over the age of 65 also are eligible for another 2 percent increase.

Read more of this article by Mark Ballard at The Advocate.