Lawmaker eyeing changes in retirement system

Mississippi’s Public Employees Retirement System is sound, and House Appropriations Committee Chairman Johnny Stringer says he wants to keep it that way.

Stringer, D-Montrose, said Tuesday that he’s crafting legislation to change how the state handles employees who retire and then return to work in state government as part-time or contract workers.

Currently, Stringer said neither those employees nor the agencies they work for contribute to the Public Employees Retirement System. Even though the contract and part-time workers cannot accrue more time toward retirement, Stringer wants the agencies to make a contribution to the PERS fund.