Lawmakers who bring up the Public Employees Retirement System do so at their own peril, members of the Coast delegation said, but they say it needs to be brought up anyway.
“We have to have that conversation,” Sen. Brice Wiggins, R-Pascagoula, told the crowd at the Pre-Legislative Briefing hosted by the Mississippi Gulf Coast Chamber of Commerce. “When Sen. Tindell filed a bill, he got death threats. That’s crazy. In his case, he was trying to tweak it, to make it better able to do what Sen. (Michael) Watson was saying, extend it.”
Watson and Wiggins told the 200 or so people at the Golden Nugget earlier this week that part of the problem is PERS officials paint too rosy a picture of the state of the retirement fund.