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2011_Teacher Retirement and State Budget
  • Published
    March 17, 2011

    Legislators hear from local educators

    Area teachers asked how changes to their retirement and insurance plans would fix Maine's budget mess when they met with Sen. Chris Rector, R-Thomaston, Rep. Joan Welsh, D-Rockport, and Rep. Andrew O'Brien, D-Lincolnville, March 10 at Camden Hills Regional High School's Strom Auditorium. Camden Hills math teacher and Megunticook Teachers Association President John Fitzgerald moderated the meeting, which was ...

  • Published
    March 9, 2011

    Bruce Poliquin: Challenge to balance honoring benefits, not running out of money

    Maine State Treasurer Bruce Poliquin warned Tuesday, March 8, that several “high-risk strategies” suggested as solutions to Maine’s $4.3 billion unfunded pension liability could make the problem worse. At a Statehouse news conference, Poliquin endorsed Gov. Paul LePage’s proposals to raise the retirement contributions of active teachers and state employees from 7.65 percent of salaries to 9.65 percent, while ...

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