It’s that time again when we pick a city, county or a region of the state to feature the economic footprint of LAGERS. With the holidays upon us, I found myself thinking close to home and realized that we had yet to do a feature on my home county.
A member recently emailed the following: "I downloaded the Application for Retirement. I will fill it out and send it in, but is there anything else I need to do at this time?"
Luckily, the process for retirement at LAGERS is simple. The member is right in that the first step is to submit the Application for Retirement 30 -90 days prior to when you want to receive your first benefit payment. You can apply online through your myLAGERS account or submit a paper application via mail, email or fax.
The recently released 2018 Economic Impact Report from Missouri LAGERS shows the pension fund paid $308 million to retired local government workers and their loved ones last year with ninety-three cents of every dollar ($286 million) staying in Missouri.
I have had the opportunity to attend the National Pension Education Association’s conference for the past 3 years. This past year was in beautiful Tucson Az. When I return, I always have a feeling of affirmation that your LAGERS system is doing many things right, but I also return with new ideas to make our education efforts better. So, I thought it would be a good idea to share some of these ideas with you.
A recent article in Forbes, Workplace Retirement Coverage Drops And The System Continues To Fail, by Teresa Ghilarducci, provides some sobering statistics about retirement preparedness for Americans. It is no surprise Americans who have access to a retirement plan at work will be better prepared for retirement than those without a plan. However, according to Ghilarducci, only 40% of workers in the U.S. are covered by a retirement offered by their employer. This is a 4% decrease since 2014 and this number has declined in 14 of the 17 years since 2000.
Boss's Day was October 16th, and I must confess, in the past I looked forward to this day as much as I looked forward to going to the dentist. Not necessarily a day I celebrate. However, that has changed. I am excited and happy to say even though Boss's Day was officially the 16th, we are celebrating today, the 18th at LAGERS. We had our annual office chili cook-off and celebration of our bosses today. I've definitely canceled my dentist appointment; I want to celebrate now.