Executive Director’s Blog: Educating new legislators a key focus of VBDF

Educating newly elected legislators on public school retiree issues will be a key focus of Michigan Association of Retired School Personnel’s (MARSP) advocacy work in 2019.

Thanks to term limits, most new lawmakers will have little background on our issues.  Thirty of the 38 senators in Michigan are new to their posts and the House of Representatives has 48 new representatives out of 110 seats.

Fortunately MARSP members have generously supported the Voluntary Benefit Defense Fund (VBDF), which will help us educate legislators on pension issues and other concerns of public school retirees.

MARSP will host receptions for new legislators in April or May.  Legislative ambassadors are strongly encouraged to attend so they can share their stories with legislators.  Watch the VANGUARD and our web site, www.marsp.org, for more information.

In addition to events, VBDF funds are used to create written materials for legislators on pension and health care topics and research on pension plans in other states.

To everyone who has helped make the VBDF fund strong, I say a big “thank you.”

Contributions to the VBDF are accepted from chapters and members.  For a contribution form, visit the MARSP web site:  www.marsp.org/legislative-issues/voluntary-benefit-defense-fund/

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