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Plummer Protects Ohioans Social Security Benefits with New Legislation

July 29, 2022
Phil Plummer News

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COLUMBUS – State Representative Phil Plummer (R-Dayton) has introduced legislation that will urge Congress to repeal the Windfall Elimination Program in an effort to give those that pay into Social Security their full benefits upon retirement. 

The Windfall Elimination Program (WEP) was enacted in 1983 as a modified benefits program for employees who receive a pension for their public service. Under the WEP, public employees can have their Social Security earning potential lowered by up to 50% due to also earning a public pension. 

“This system is flawed,” said Plummer. “We need to make sure Congress addresses this issue to protect Ohioans. This provision can put retirees in tough financial positions.” 

There are currently more than 1.7 million people in the Ohio public retirement system that are effected by WEP. 

“This program attempts to put everyone on an even playing field, but in reality it hurts those that need some of the most help when they reach the age of retirement,” Plummer added. “Employees should not be penalized for choosing to serve the public.”

The legislation is awaiting a committee assignment.