Local Love Spread Throughout Missouri

Throughout the month of July, LAGERS retirees from across the state showcased their local love by telling us about some of their favorite local business! The response was great! We received some wonderful pictures and stories about some of our retirees' favorite shops and products. Three winners were chosen at random to receive a prize basket full of Missouri made goodies.

LAGERS pays out over $300 million dollars every year to retirees living in Missouri, and those dollars go straight back into your local economy!

Tagged Economic Impact, retiree

System Data Security with LAGERS' Director of Technology Jamie Houk

security

There are many posts throughout this blog that use the word security in different ways:

Financial Security

A Secure Benefit.

Data Security

See what I mean? There are many more...

The security of the benefit our members have earned over a career in public service is of the highest importance to us, and we strive to maintain not only excellence but to be the absolute best at protecting your data and your benefit. Today we're talking data security. Every year LAGERS participates in an external security assessment, and for the 6th year straight we've come out on top with a perfect 4/4 rating. Our director of technology Jamie Houk explains how we stay on top of our game and maintain the highest standards in the Data Security space.

Tagged cyber security, Security, data security, information technology

Some Good Financial Reading Here...

LAGERS provides you with a piece of financial security through secure income when you leave the workforce. However, LAGERS is not designed to be your only source of income when you are no longer working. Instead, it is designed to be one secure source. Some keys to achieving financial independence is your ability to accumulate savings and minimize debt. So, here are a few articles I found that do a good job of explaining the need for savings,

Tagged retirement planning, Savings, Value of pensions

3 Ways LAGERS Helps You Achieve Financial Freedom

No matter what stage you are at in your life, LAGERS is an important asset to helping you achieve financial freedom. Pension plans like LAGERS can seem complex, but when it comes to the benefits you will receive, it is actually quite simple. Here are three ways LAGERS is helping you achieve financial freedom today and into the future.

Tagged Disability Benefits, Millennials, Retirement Options, income replacement

Governor Parson Signs LAGERS' Employee Contribution Bill Into Law

LAGERS employers will soon have more flexibility with their employee contribution election thanks to legislation signed by Governor Parson this week.

House Bill 1467, which the Governor signed on July 13, will extend LAGERS employers' options for the employee contribution election from the current 0% or 4% employee contribution to a 0%, 2%, 4%, or 6% employee contribution election.

“We are excited to be able to further enhance the flexibility of the LAGERS system so that every local government employer has the best tools possible to attract and retain the best public servants to serve in our communities,” says LAGERS Executive Director Bob Wilson. 

The new law will also permit governing bodies to make a separate employee contribution election if their employer has non-social security-covered employees who are covered under a different multiplier than their social security-covered employees.

Tagged Contributions, Legislation, issues & policy

LAGERS is Loving Local in July

Every year, LAGERS pays out over $300 million dollars in benefits to retirees living in Missouri. Our retirees not only served locally and retired locally, but they use their retirement dollars and spend locally. This July, we are celebrating all of the ways LAGERS retirees help support local businesses in their communities!

Tagged Economic Impact

Local Government Heroes Represent the Very Best in Public Service

This is the second year for LAGERS' annual Local Government Hero Award and the three finalists embody the very best in public service. Although the recent uncertainty in the world has brought more attention to local government workers and the importance of the services they provide to taxpayers, this is something we have known all along. Local government services directly touch our lives every day. Every time we flip a light switch, turn on a faucet, drive on a city street, and use a park, we have local government workers to thank. Beyond that, they are also the brave individuals that show up when we are having our worst days and need to make a 911 call. All of the recent attention is well-deserved, but these public servants should have the spotlight shown on them in good times and bad. That is why LAGERS is proud to recognize our best with this award.

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What Have You Been Up to?

We recently sent out a call asking you to share with us what you have been doing lately. As a retiree, the last few months have affected you, and others like you, in a very unique way. Take a look and see what a few of your fellow retirees have been doing!

Tagged Retirees, Retirement, Retirement, Retire, COVID-19

BBPD - Just in Case - Disability and Survivor Benefits

It's summer, and a lot of our members are out taking advantage of the nice weather getting things done in our streets, parks and other places in our community. Working out in the field brings with it a different set of risks for local government employees. A little known fact about LAGERS - we have survivor and disability benefits available to you as a LAGERS member!

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Retiree Spotlight: Robert Gomer

Some people start a new life of sorts after they retire. Most public servants who have served their communities for years move on to other endeavors that allow them to continue to serve the public a different way while still retaining the joie de vivre of the retired life. That’s the case with LAGERS Retiree Robert Gomer, who enjoyed over 25 years working for Mid-Continent Public Library in the Kansas City area. I had the pleasure of interviewing him for this Retiree Spotlight.

Tagged Retirees, Working after Retirement, Retirement plans

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