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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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LD 650, An Act to Clarify and Protect Certain Public Service Retirement Benefits.

The Maine Association of Retirees (MAR) priority for the 128th legislative session is to obtain passage of MAR legislation entitled, “LD 650, An Act to Clarify and Protect Certain Public Service Retirement Benefits.” Passage of LD 650 prohibits the elimination of a COLA by the Legislature. This legislation also keeps the promises that were given to public service employees at the time of hire that a COLA would be part of their retirement benefit.

A recent work session was held on Thursday, February 22nd and LD 650 was voted out of the Appropriations and Financial Affairs Committee as Ought to Pass as amended with a Divided Report. This means that LD 650 will next go to the full Senate for a vote.

If you are concerned about your public service retiree pension, you can assist MAR in our efforts to obtain passage of LD 650 by contacting your Senator. MAR would like to have as many public service retirees as possible show support for LD 650. Thank you for your assistance.



Winter 2018 Newsletter Correction

In the News :

2017 Cost-of-Living Adjustment

From the MePERS website

On August 10, 2017, MainePERS Board of Trustees adopted the 1.6% Consumer Price Index - Urban Consumers (CPI-U) rate compiled by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics on June 30, 2017, as the 2017 cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) for all pension plans to which it applies.

Eligible recipients will first see the COLA reflected in their September pension payment.

Eligible State/Teacher, Judicial, and Legislative retirement plan retirees will receive the 1.6% COLA on their benefit up to $21,474.70 (which is the 2017 base), or a maximum increase of $28.63/month. The 2018 COLA-base will increase by 1.6%, to $21,818.30. The total additional amount that will be paid to the eligible benefit recipients in these plans during the next 12 months as a result of the 2017 COLA is expected to be approximately $8,352,300.

Eligible Participating Local District – Consolidated Plan (PLD) retirees will receive a 1.6% COLA on their current benefit. The total additional amount that will be paid to the eligible benefit recipients in this plan during the next 12 months as a result of the 2017 COLA is expected to be approximately $2,056,925.

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