CHARLESTON – Delegate Justin Marcum has co-sponsored a Bill that will help give retirees the needed raise they deserve. The House Bill was introduced in the House on February 10, 2016 with bipartisan support. Under the Bill, every retiring who is 60 years of age or older and who is retired, or their surviving spouse, shall receive an annual retirement increase equal to one percent of their retirement award.
Delegate Marcum stated, “Our retirees have not received an increase in their retirement awards for at least 10 years. They deserve this increase and it will help them keep up with the rising costs of inflation. Our seniors and retirees have given so much to our communities and it’s vital that we help them with the passage of this Bill. I will always stand with our seniors, retirees, teachers, law enforcement, state workers, and Veterans.”
The House Bill was referred to the Committee on Pensions and Retirement and then to Finance. Marcum is a member of the Committee on Pensions and Retirement and believes the Bill will soon be on the agenda. If passed, the Bill will give retirees a yearly one percent increase. Marcum said he was pleased with the legislation but still wants to further increases in the retirement benefits of all state employees.
Delegate Marcum represents the 20th District in the West Virginia House of Delegates.