About MAR

About MAR

MAR works for you
Our History
Meet the Staff

MAR works for you

MAR’s purpose is to represent the interests of Maine retirees. All the Board of Directors are MAR members who understand the issues facing retirees. When you contact us, a real person answers the phone. We are here to assist with:

  • Questions about current and proposed public service Maine legislation
  • Questions about your MainePERS pension
  • Resolving issues with State or Federal agencies
  • Questions about your retiree health insurance
  • Information about programs and services for retirees in Maine
  • Access to dental insurance
  • Answers to technology questions

MAR advocates in Augusta and with our Congressional delegations for policies that will benefit you. MAR is an active participant at the State level in groups that focus on the income, health, employment, and housing needs of older Mainers. Our message is that public service retirees are a valuable resource, not a problem.

MAR understands the challenge of rising out-of-pocket health care costs.

MAR helps by offering:

  • Group dental insurance
  • Retirement financial planning through various organizations
  • Discounts at local business
  • Free photocopies
  • Free notary services
  • Free technology services

The dues and contributions to Maine Association of Retirees are not tax deductible as charitable contributions. However, they may be deductible under other provisions of the Internal Revenue Code; please consult your tax accountant.

Our History

2020
2020

LD 1104 – Success!

LD 1104 was passed in the Maine House of Representatives and the Maine Senate and placed on the Special Appropriations Table.  On May 7, 2019, LD 1104 was passed to be enacted.  Governor Mills held the bill for consideration.  On January 1, 2020, LD 1104 became law without Governor Mills’ signature—Public Law 540.

2019
2019

LD 1104 Introduced

March 5, 2019, LD 1104 was introduced and referred to the Maine Legislative Committee on

Labor and Housing.  On April 1, 2019, a public hearing was held on LD 1104.  Thirty-eight (38) people testified in favor of LD 1104, no one testified against or neither for nor against the bill.

2019

LD 1104

January 2019-In response to the actions of the Maine Legislature, MAR continued to obtain sponsors for another bill to make the Cost-of-Living Adjustment to the Maine Public Service Retirement Pension for State and Teacher retirees is a sole contractual commitment.  LD 1104: An Act To Clarify the State’s Commitment Concerning Certain Public Service Retirement Benefits was sponsored by Representative Michelle Dunphy of Old Town with nine (9) co-sponsors. Co-sponsors were:

Senator Bellows-Kennebec
Senator Davis-Piscataquis
Senator Dill-Penobscot
Senator Libby-Androscoggin
Senator Pouliot-Kennebec
Senator Woodsome-York
Representative Gattine-Westbrook
Representative John Martin-Eagle Lake
Representative Warren-Hallowell
2018
2018

LD 650 Placed in “Legislative Files”

On September 13, 2018, the Maine Senate adjourned sine die and LD 650 was placed in the Legislative Files (dead).

2017
2017

LD 650 Carried Over

August 2, 2017 the Committee on Appropriations and Financial Affairs voted to carry over LD 650 to the second session of the 128th Maine Legislature.

2017

LD 650: An Act To Clarify and Protect Certain Public Service Retirement

February 28, 2017, LD 650: An Act To Clarify and Protect Certain Public Service Retirement Benefits was introduced and referred to the Maine Legislature’s Committee on Appropriations and Financial Affairs.  On March 24, 2017, a public hearing on LD 650 was held.  Thirty-two (32) people testified in favor of LD 650, no one testified against or neither for nor against the bill.

2016
2016

Creation of LD 650

January 2016-In response to the actions of the Maine Legislature, Committee on Appropriations

and Financial Affairs, MAR asked Senator David Woodsome to sponsor another bill with the same language as LD 518.  Senator Woodsome sponsored LD 650 along with fifteen (15) co-sponsors.  Co- sponsors were:

Senator Bellows-Kennebec
Senator Collins-York
Senator Davis-Piscataquis
Senator Gratwick-Penobscot
Senator Jackson-Aroostook
Senator Libby-Androscoggin
Representative Foley- Wells
Representative Gerrish-Leban
Representative Grant-Gardiner
Representative Grohman-Biddeford
Representative Harrington-Sanford
Representative Mastracco-Sanford
Representative McElwee-Caribou
Representative Picchiotti-Fairfield
Representative Simpson-Alfred
2016

LD 518 – Bill Killed

One January 12, 2016, the Committee on Appropriations and Financial Affairs voted ought not to pass, thereby killing the bill, LD 518

2015
2015

LD 518 Carried Over

One June 19, 2015, the Committee on Appropriations and Financial Affairs voted to carry over LD 518 to the second session of the 127th Maine Legislature.

2015

LD 518

January 2015- In response to the United States Court of Appeals decision, MAR worked with

Senator David Woodsmen of York and Representative Rollin “Danny” Martin of Sinclair to sponsor a bill to “Clarify that the Cost-of-Living Adjustment to the Maine Public Service Retirement Pension for State and Teacher retirees was a sole contractual commitment.  LD 518: An Act To Clarify and Protect Certain Public Service Retirement Benefits

 

LD 518 was introduced in the Maine Legislature, Committee on Appropriations and Financial Affairs on February 26, 2015.  On April 13, 2015, a public hearing on LD 518 was held.   Six (6) people testified in favor of LD 518, no one testified against or neither for nor against the bill.

 

One June 19, 2015, the Committee on Appropriations and Financial Affairs voted to carry over LD 518 to the second session of the 127th Maine Legislature.

 

One January 12, 2016, the Committee on Appropriations and Financial Affairs voted ought not to pass, thereby killing the bill, LD 518.

2014
2014

LD 518

Bill is introduced.

2014

Battle for the COLA

January 2, 2014 –United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit agreed with the lower

Court that there was “no Contractual Entitlement to Lifetime Cost-of-Living Increases in their Pension.”

2013
2013

Case lost

Lost case.

2012
2012

MAR Files Suit

The Maine Association of Retirees filed suit in the Federal District Court in Bangor challenging legislation that eliminated public pension cost of living adjustments for three (3) years and reduced those adjustments going forward. While there is not yet a final ruling (the case is on appeal), MAR is proud to be the first organization to legally test the new law.

1981
1981

MAR is Founded

MAR is Founded

A small group of retirees established the Maine Association of Retirees, Inc.  Their goal was an organization representing the unique interests of thousands of individuals who had spent their working lives as State, Education, Judicial, Legislative and Participating Local District employees in Maine. They knew from experience policy makers respond to numbers and that public sector retirees, speaking as a group, could be an effective voice at the State and local level.

During those early years, MAR successfully advocated for:

  • A 1995 constitutional amendment to restore the financial stability of the Retirement Fund;
  • More diverse representation of retirees on the Retirement System Board of Directors; and
  • Annual cost-of-living adjustments to pensions for all Maine public sector retirees.