Release PERS report before Nov. 8 election

Gov. Haley Barbour’s commission studying Mississippi’s Public Employees Retirement System should release its findings this week and not wait until Nov. 15, a week after the Nov. 8 general election.

Barbour appointed the commission in April to study the investments, management and other financial aspects of PERS. Led by Mayor George Schloegel of Gulfport, the commission also is examining what portion of PERS is funded by taxpayers and what portion is funded by government workers’ contributions toward their own retirements.

In addition, Barbour wanted the commission to look at the legality of changing retirement benefits for current and future state employees.

The governor has used space on our Opinion pages to defend the commission’s work. Others have used even more of that space to question its efforts.

Sun Herald
10/31/11