Fiscal/Actuarial Note
Date Requested:January 14, 2011
Time Requested:02:10 PM
Agency: Consolidated Public Retirement Board
CBD Number: Version: Bill Number: Resolution Number:
2011R1894 Introduced SB74
CBD Subject: ONE TIME 3% BONUS
Retirement Systems Impacted by Legislation:
Teachers Retirement System
FUND(S)
2601
Sources of Revenue
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General Fund
Does the proposed legislation create:
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Neither Program nor Fund

    This Bill as drafted violates WV Statutes under 2005 Pension Reform Legislation. Section 18-7A-28e ( a ) prohibits increases to retired members in excess of 1% of the TRS Actuarial Accrued Liabilities as determined in the last actuarial valuation for TRS. The estimated increase in Actuarial Accrued Liabilities of $130,000,000 under the bill exceeds the limitation as of July 1, 2010 of $89,043,000.
    
    See the Pension Committee chairman for details.
Impact On Following Full Implementation
Increase in Unfunded Actuarial Accrued Liability Initial Impact on Annual Contribution Requirement of System(s) Contribution Increase as a Percentage of Annual Payroll
Total Annual Costs $130,000,000.00 $27,000,000.00 1.70 %
Normal Cost of System N/A $0.00 0.00 %
Past Service Liabilities $130,000,000.00 $270,000,000.00 1.70 %
Fiscal Year Past Service
Amortization Period Ends
N/A FY2017 N/A
Explanation of above estimates
    The bill provides a 3% retirement benefit increase effective July 1, 2010. To be eligible for the increase, a retiree must be at least age 70 and have been retired at least 5 years. Beneficiaries of deceased retirees are eligible if the deceased retiree would have met the age and service requirement.
    
    Since the benefit applies to retired members and their beneficiaries only, there is no impact on the Normal Cost for the Plan. The retired Actuarial Accrued Liabilities is expected to increase by approximately $130,000,000. This will increase the TRS required contribution by $27,000,000 for FY2012 through FY2017.
    
    The benefit improvement exceeds the 2005 Pension Reform limitation on retiree increases and is not currently allowable under those limitations. Amounts have been provided for information purposes only.
Analysis of Impact on Public Pension Policy
    This retiree increase exceeds the 2005 Pension Reform limitation based on the July 1, 2010 Actuarial Valuation for TRS of $89,043,000.
    
    The bill provides the increase for TRS members only. It is noted that if PERS were included, the 2005 Pension Reform limitation for PERS of $53,258,000 would also be exceeded.
    
    The bill as drafted is contrary to current Pension Reform guidelines.
Fiscal Note Summary

Explain in a clear and concise manner what effect this measure will have on costs and revenues of state government.

    This Bill as drafted violates WV Statutes under 2005 Pension Reform Legislation. Section 18-7A-28e ( a ) prohibits increases to retired members in excess of 1% of the TRS Actuarial Accrued Liabilities as determined in the last actuarial valuation for TRS. The estimated increase in Actuarial Accrued Liabilities of $130,000,000 under the bill exceeds the limitation as of July 1, 2010 of $89,043,000.
    
    See the Pension Committee chairman for details.

Fiscal Note Detail
Show over-all effect in Item 1 and 2 and, in Item 3, give an explanation of Breakdown by fiscal year, including long-range effect.
Effect of Proposal Fiscal Year
2011
Increase/Decrease
(use"-")
2012
Increase/Decrease
(use"-")
Fiscal Year
(Upon Full
Implementation)
1. Estmated Total Cost 0 27000000 27000000
Personal Services
Current Expenses
Repairs and Alterations
Assets
Other
2. Estimated Total Revenues
3. Explanation of above estimates (including long-range effect):
    The bill provides a 3% retirement benefit increase effective July 1, 2010. To be eligible for the increase, a retiree must be at least age 70 and have been retired at least 5 years. Beneficiaries of deceased retirees are eligible if the deceased retiree would have met the age and service requirement.
    
    Since the benefit applies to retired members and their beneficiaries only, there is no impact on the Normal Cost for the Plan. The retired Actuarial Accrued Liabilities is expected to increase by approximately $130,000,000. This will increase the TRS required contribution by $27,000,000 for FY2012 through FY2017.
    
    The benefit improvement exceeds the 2005 Pension Reform limitation on retiree increases and is not currently allowable under those limitations. Amounts have been provided for information purposes only.


Memorandum
    This retiree increase exceeds the 2005 Pension Reform limitation based on the July 1, 2010 Actuarial Valuation for TRS of $89,043,000.
    
    The bill provides the increase for TRS members only. It is noted that if PERS were included, the 2005 Pension Reform limitation for PERS of $53,258,000 would also be exceeded.
    
    The bill as drafted is contrary to current Pension Reform guidelines.
Person Submitting Fiscal Note
Harry W. Mandel, Board Actuary, MAAA, MSPA, EA
Email
harry.w.mandel@wv.gov