Pensions

SC state employees sound off on new pension plan

Public employees will have their say Tuesday on the state’s pension system.

The joint House-Senate committee reviewing the Palmetto State’s pension situation will turn the floor over to the State Employees Association, the State Retirees Association, and the Public Safety Coalition, which represents law enforcement officers, at a 10 a.m. meeting at the State House. Public pension experts also are scheduled to speak.

A state law, passed this year to shore up the pension system, requires state and local government workers, including teachers, to chip in more for their pensions. It also requires bigger contributions from public employers — the state, its agencies, counties, cities and schools — and, ultimately, taxpayers.

Other activity at the State House this coming week includes a meeting of:

▪ A House education reform committee at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday

▪ The state’s procurement review panel at 9:30 a.m. Thursday.

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