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The Maine Association of Retirees (MAR) exists to protect and expand the rights and benefits of Maine retired teachers, state/county/municipal government employees, and to support a fiscally sound retirement system.


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Any public sector retiree is eligible to join MAR.

This includes:
Retired State employees, teachers, participating local district employees
Spouses and other benficiaries.

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Benefits

Benefits include:

Advocacy in Augusta on issues that affect you

Connect with other public sector retirees

Tuition discount for Maine Senior College Network

Member Dental Benefit

Other membership discounts

... and more!

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Who we are

MAR is the voice of Maine public sector retirees. MAR represents several “generations” of retirees with diverse needs and interests. Many retirees continue to work, others are caring for older parents, or grandchildren. Our members give generously of their time as volunteers in a variety of organizations.

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Public Hearing

Public Hearing date for LD 1104 is Monday, April 1, 2019 at 9:00 am in Room 202, Committee on Labor and Housing, Cross Building, Augusta

MAR LEGISLATIVE ACTIVITIES

MAR has been working with Representative Michelle Dunphy to reintroduce LD 1104 An Act To Clarify and Protect Certain Public Service Retirement Benefits. This proposed bill changes the contractual commitment to maintain state-protected benefits regarding cost-of-living adjustments for retired state employees and teachers by specifying that it constitutes a solemn contractual commitment of the State that is protected under the Constitution of Maine and the United States Constitution. This is the same piece of legislation MAR has been working on for several years.

MAR has met with the Speaker of the House and the Senate Majority Leader to inform them of our intent.

MAR will need all our members help to inform the Maine Legislature on the importance of this bill and encourage them to support Public Service Retirees and their financial stability.

In addition to working on the Cost of Living Adjustment legislation, MAR is currently monitoring over sixty (60) bills which have either direct or indirect impact on public service retirees’ financial stability. These bills include proposed changes in Maine Income Taxes, Homestead Exemptions, Health Insurance alterations, property tax modifications, public school funding amendments and other issues important to retirees. MAR will continue to review newly printed bills as they become public.

If you are interested in any of the proposed legislation, please feel free to contact MAR at (207) 582-1960 or email mar@maineretirees.org

As for US Congressional action on the Social Security Windfall Provision and Social Security Government Pension Offset, no hearings have been scheduled.

MAR Position Opening

MAR is recruiting for a 30 hour per week position as a MAR Specialist. This position acts as the primary receptionist for the Maine Association of Retirees. It provides office and administrative support to employees and is the main resource of information for members and non-members. The individual in this position will work collaboratively with outside agencies, make independent judgements within established operating procedures, ensure confidentiality of individual member and non-member information, have the ability to multi-task and be part of the MAR team.

To apply for this position, please send a resume with three references to Diane Bailey, Operations Manager, Maine Association of Retirees, 280 Maine Avenue, Farmingdale, Maine 04344 by March 14, 2019. For additional information, please feel free to call Diane at (207) 582-1960.

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Action on Social Security Windfall & Offset Provisions