UW Retirement Association

Legislation & Benefits Updates


November 24, 2021

Possible PERS 1 COLA

A cost of living adjustment (COLA) for PERS 1 recipients is making its way through the State legislative process. The Select Committee on Pension Policy voted at its November 16 meeting to recommend to the State Legislature a one-time, permanent increase of 3% on the first $44,000 in pension income. The next step is for…


October 25, 2021

Possible PERS 1 COLA

A cost of living adjustment (COLA) for PERS 1 recipients is making its way through the State legislative process. The Select Committee on Pension Policy directed preparation of an analysis and companion legislation for the 2022 Legislative session for two options: 1) annual, automatic consumer price index-based COLA up to 3% per year and 2)…


June 17, 2021

UW Impact

UW Impact is the UW Alumni Association’s legislative advocacy program, dedicated to mobilizing the UW community on behalf of restoring state support for the UW and public higher education. The UW Impact program has two main components: advocacy and education. To sign up with UW Impact or to learn more, visit uwimpact.org.


April 27, 2021

End-of-session update

The State legislative session that just ended turned out to be a very good one for the UW and retirees! Despite early concerns about the State’s finances during the pandemic, a very favorable State revenue forecast and an influx of federal dollars made it possible for all of UWRA’s legislative priorities to be funded….and then some! The…


March 30, 2021

March 31 update

The latest federal stimulus package gives the State Legislature a new opportunity to help seniors and support pensions.  More money is now available to the State than was envisioned just a few months ago. The Medicare explicit subsidy is fully funded in the House and Senate budget proposals. There is one significant difference between the House and Senate budgets.  The…


March 16, 2021

March 17 Legislative Update

The state revenue forecast is expected to be issued today (March 17, 2021).  Next week the appropriations committees of both houses of the State Legislature will issue their budget proposals.  We will be watching to make sure that the $183 explicit Medicare subsidy is included in both budget proposals.  We will also be watching to see…


January 26, 2021

2021 Legislative Landscape

The 2021 Washington State Legislative Session began Monday, January 11, in an environment like no other:  a pandemic, an economy needing massive rehabilitation, an essential reckoning with systemic racism, an almost entirely virtual legislative session, an attack on the nation’s capitol five days earlier and high security at the State capitol in Olympia.  Undoubtedly these…


January 13, 2021

2021 State Legislative Update

The UWRA Board has adopted the following legislative priorities for the session that started on Monday, January 11: Support for the legislative priorities of the University of Washington Maintenance of the explicit Medicare subsidy for retirees Maintenance of the subsidy for retiree and employee medical and dental insurance Maintenance of current pension benefits More information…


May 14, 2020

WSSRA End of Session Report

The Washington State School Retirees’ Association (WSSRA) has compiled a report on the end of the legislative session. You can read the full report HERE. The report summarizes actions in these areas: Pension bills that passed or were enacted this year: Plan 1 COLA, House Bill 1390 Plan 1 Minimum Benefits Plan 3 & Deferred…


April 15, 2020

Legislative Actions Affecting Retirees

Several recent actions at all levels of government may affect UW retirees: The federal income tax deadline is now July 15, 2020. The King County property tax deadline was extended to June 1, 2020, for residential and commercial taxpayers who pay the taxes themselves rather than through mortgage lenders. House Bill 1390, authorizing a cost…



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