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Retirees to Col: demand your hefty retirement boost be dropped

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Posted: Aug 7, 2014 10:10 PM by Trey Schmaltz
Updated: Aug 7, 2014 10:10 PM
Source: WBRZ

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Topics: retirement, Mike Edmonson, State Police, Louisiana, politics, Trey Schmaltz

BATON ROUGE- Retired state troopers asked State Police Superintendent Col. Mike Edmonson to demand the LSP Retirement System to order ACT 859, a state law that enacts a hefty retirement boost for Edmonson and another, 32-year trooper.

Some believe the proposal, which passed the recently adjourned legislative session, was done in secret. It was tacked on to an unrelated bill in the final hours of lawmakers' annual meeting that ended in June.

Edmonson said later the issue had become a distraction and he'll ask lawmakers to look at the issue again next year.

But, Thursday, retired troopers suggested he do more.

"Colonel Edmonson, you have said this is a distraction to our Troopers. We agree and therefore call on you to openly and publicly demand the Louisiana State Police Retirement System Board take immediate action to legally enjoin Act 859 and further seek a ruling on this unconstitutional law," retirees wrote.

They signed the letter: "Concerned Louisiana State Police Retired Members."

" The effect of this change increases substantially your Retirement Benefits, and most disturbing, the funding for it is from the same fund that provides Cost of Living Adjustments (COLAs) to State Police Retirees, Surviving Spouses, and Orphans," the group wrote.

Previously, Edmonson said he didn't personally ask for the pension change, but gave his staff permission to seek it for him.
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