This week we celebrate everything that makes our local governments wonderful. From roads, school buses, clean water and parks; to our local officials and our first responders - fire, police and EMS workers and everyone in between who works hard for their local communities.
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- About half of Americans age 55 and older have nothing saved for retirement. However, 20% of these do have access to a defined benefit pension plan.
- Defined benefit pensions are the preferred retirement plan for state and local government employers.
- 39 employers have chosen LAGERS defined benefit plan for their employees within the last year. Almost all switched from a 401(k)-type plan.
- Defined benefit plans, like LAGERS, help government employers attract and retain good workers to serve the community.
Are you reaching a point in your career where you can see the light at the end of the tunnel? If you’re within striking distance of retirement, that means you’re ready to start attending LAGERS’ Pre-Retirement Seminars! Anyone who is interested is invited to come, however, we strongly encourage anyone within 5 years to attend at least one Pre-Retirement Seminar before they begin drawing their LAGERS benefit.
Last week, LAGERS members from every corner of the state gathered in Jefferson City to visit with lawmakers about the importance of their LAGERS retirement system! It was an action-packed day, full of tons of great visits with our state lawmakers. Here are a few of the highlights!
Come with us on a behind the scenes visit to LAGERS employer Dickerson Park Zoo in Springfield. You'll see just how important it is to these LAGERS members that they get to serve their community in such a fun and interesting way. These City of Springfield employees work in many different roles at the zoo, with most of them being Zookeepers and caretakers of the animals. Their commitment to their jobs and their service shows through in each of the videos below.
As you may already know, your Member Annual Statement is now available!
If someone were to tell me we could only have one printed publication for members going forward, I would choose the Member Annual Statement. Your statement is packed with information about your LAGERS benefit and about how your benefit is going to help you achieve financial independence in the future. Let me break down a couple of key sections for you.