Rep. Bunker hosts event to address teachers' retirement concerns

Teachers concerned about retirement may want to head over to the Columbus Public Library on Thursday night to hear about proposals to shift public school educators' retirement funds to a venture capital plan.

Another program for other state employees will be next week.

The events are hosted by state Rep. Debbie Buckner, who 6:30-8:30 p.m. Thursday will have Georgia Teachers Retirement System Executive Director Jeffery Ezell present "Teacher Retirements, How Secure?" in the auditorium of the library at 3000 Macon Road.

"During the last legislative session, several bills were introduced that could have an impact on these retirement systems in the future for both current retirees and future employees," Buckner said. "There are many who are interested and concerned about the bills like Senate Bill 80 and other similar proposals to shift public school teachers' retirements into a venture capital plan. This meeting will be an opportunity for all of us learn more about the proposals and ask questions about the retirement system in general."

On Tuesday, Georgia State Employee Retirement System Director Michael Neft will present "State Employee Retirements, How Secure?" 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the library. Neft will talk about proposals to shift newly hired state workers' retirement funds from a defined compensation benefit to a defined contribution system.

For more information, call Buckner at 706-269-3630 or visit www.debbiebucknerlistens.com.