Action Alert #101 – Tony Thurmond Has Our Back!

On Tuesday, May 29, Tony Thurmond introduced a strong resolution to be voted on by the California state legislature to request that the government in Washington repeal the GPO and WEP. He knows how badly these provisions hurt California retirees, and he is on our side! Please read this through and send it to your friends. This resolution is much stronger than previous resolutions since it details some of the problems not mentioned before. Call your CA State Assembly Member and tell them to sign on.  After California, we will send this out to other states.

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California legislature—2017–18 regular session

Assembly Joint Resolution No. 41

Introduced by Assembly Member Thurmond

May 29, 2018

Assembly Joint Resolution No. 41—Relative to Social Security.


AJR 41, as introduced, Thurmond. Social Security.
This measure would request the Congress of the United States to enact, and the President to sign, legislation that would repeal the Government Pension Offset and the Windfall Elimination Provision
from the Social Security Act.
Fiscal committee: no.

line 1     WHEREAS, Two Federal Social Security Administration laws,
line 2         the Windfall Elimination Provision and the Government Pension
line 3         Offset, passed by Congress more than 30 years ago without
line 4         statistical analysis, diminish or eliminate the fully earned Social
line 5         Security benefits of large numbers of public service employees in
line 6         California; and
line 7      WHEREAS, These provisions affect workers who have been
line 8         employed in a government position which is not coordinated with
line 9         the Social Security program, such as California public school
line 10       teachers who have not been able to receive Social Security credits
line 11        since 1965; and
line 12     WHEREAS, Most peace officers, including the California
line 13        Highway Patrol, firefighters, and many other public servants
line 14        working for cities and special districts are not covered by Social
line 15        Security, making them subject to these provisions; and

AJR 41 — 2 —

line 1      WHEREAS, In California, more than 300,000 retirees have had
line 2         their Social Security benefits diminished or completely eliminated
line 3         by these laws; and
line 4      WHEREAS, Effective government requires highly qualified
line 5         and motivated personnel, and California government agencies need
line 6         to compete to recruit and retain outstanding employees, including
line 7         hiring 16,000 new public school teachers each year; and
line 8      WHEREAS, The recruitment and retention of qualified
line 9         individuals reentering the workforce is impeded by these two
line 10       provisions which reduce or eliminate the Social Security retirement
line 11        benefits either earned by workers, themselves, or received through
line 12       dependent status; and
line 13     WHEREAS, The Government Pension Offset severely cuts, and
line 14       usually eliminates, all spousal and survivor benefits that were
line 15       earned from what is deemed by the State of California to be
line 16       community property income; and
line 17     WHEREAS, The Government Pension Offset requires that a
line 18       recipient of benefits report any yearly cost-of-living increase in
line 19       his or her public pension, so that his or her Social Security benefits
line 20      may be reduced by two-thirds of that amount; and
line 21     WHEREAS, The Windfall Elimination Provision cuts earned
line 22       Social Security benefits from work that is separate from the work
line 23       for which the individual earned a pension from a governmental
line 24       entity; and
line 25     WHEREAS, The Windfall Elimination Provision subverts the
line 26       purpose of Social Security retirement benefits by eliminating the
line 27       formula that reimburses low-income workers at a higher rate than
line 28       high-income workers, causing severe hardships for those who have
line 29       not had high-paying public service; and
line 30     WHEREAS, Until 2005, there were no requirements that a public
line 31        employer advise new workers that they would be subject to these
line 32        penalties; now, therefore, be it
line 33     Resolved by the Assembly and the Senate of the State of
line 34        California, jointly, That the Legislature requests that the Congress
line 35        of the United States enact legislation to repeal the Government
line 36        Pension Offset and the Windfall Elimination Provision from the
line 37        Social Security Act, and further requests that President Donald
line 38        Trump sign that legislation; and be it further
line 39     Resolved, That the Chief Clerk of the Assembly transmit copies
line 40        of this resolution to the President and the Vice President of the

AJR 41 — 3 —

line 1           United States, to the Speaker of the House of Representatives, to
line 2           the Majority Leader of the Senate, to each Senator and
line 3           Representative from California in the Congress of the United
line 4           States, and to the author for appropriate distribution.