Fiscal/Actuarial Note
Date Requested:January 30, 2012
Time Requested:04:48 PM
Agency: Consolidated Public Retirement Board
CBD Number: Version: Bill Number: Resolution Number:
2012R1798 Introduced HB4339
CBD Subject: INCREASE TO ALL ANNUITANTS
Retirement Systems Impacted by Legislation:
PERS and TRS
FUND(S)
PERS 2510; TRS 2601
Sources of Revenue
You must select Revenue Source(s)!
General Fund,Other Fund Local Governments
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.
    
    For PERS, Section 5-10-22h(a) prohibits any retiree benefit increase that exceeds 1% of AAL. The current limitation is $55,153,000.
    
    For TRS, Section 18-7A-28e ( a ) prohibits increases to retired members in excess of 1% of the AAL. The current limitation is $94,451,000.
    
    See the Pension Committee chairman for details.
    
    If allowable through legislation, the PERS UAAL would increase by $102,410,000. The contribution for PERS would increase by $21,043,000 annually for six years, FY2013 through FY2018.
    
    If allowable through legislation, the TRS UAAL would increase by $184,755,000. The contribution for TRS would increase by $37,963,000 annually for six years, FY2013 through FY2018.
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 $287,165,000.00 $59,006,000.00 2.08 %
Normal Cost of System N/A $0.00 0.00 %
Past Service Liabilities $287,165,000.00 $59,006,000.00 2.08 %
Fiscal Year Past Service
Amortization Period Ends
N/A FY2018 N/A
Explanation of above estimates
    Retirees and beneficiaries receiving retirement benefits on July 1, 2012 would receive an annual increase of $24.00 time years of benefit service, payable monthly under their current benefit option. Since increased benefits are for retirees only, there is no increase in the Normal Cost for either plan.
    
    The benefit increase was run as of the latest actuarial valuation date of July 1, 2011 using ProVal actuarial software used by the CPRB. The increase is representative of the increase on the actual payment effective date under the bill.
Analysis of Impact on Public Pension Policy
    The retiree benefit increase provided under the bill exceeds 2005 Pension Reform limitations. The bill would require an amendment to Pension Reform to be allowable. Any changes to Pension reform should be carefully considered from a fiscal and political impact basis.
    
    It is noted that while the $24.00 times benefit service exceeds the limitations, a reduction of the increase to $12.00 times benefit service would meet 2005 Pension Reform limitations. Liabilities and contribution impacts would be cut to 50% of the reported amounts.
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.
    
    For PERS, Section 5-10-22h(a) prohibits any retiree benefit increase that exceeds 1% of AAL. The current limitation is $55,153,000.
    
    For TRS, Section 18-7A-28e ( a ) prohibits increases to retired members in excess of 1% of the AAL. The current limitation is $94,451,000.
    
    See the Pension Committee chairman for details.
    
    If allowable through legislation, the PERS UAAL would increase by $102,410,000. The contribution for PERS would increase by $21,043,000 annually for six years, FY2013 through FY2018.
    
    If allowable through legislation, the TRS UAAL would increase by $184,755,000. The contribution for TRS would increase by $37,963,000 annually for six years, FY2013 through FY2018.

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
2012
Increase/Decrease
(use"-")
2013
Increase/Decrease
(use"-")
Fiscal Year
(Upon Full
Implementation)
1. Estmated Total Cost 0 59006000 59006000
Personal Services
Current Expenses
Repairs and Alterations
Assets
Other 0 59006000 59006000
2. Estimated Total Revenues
3. Explanation of above estimates (including long-range effect):
    Retirees and beneficiaries receiving retirement benefits on July 1, 2012 would receive an annual increase of $24.00 time years of benefit service, payable monthly under their current benefit option. Since increased benefits are for retirees only, there is no increase in the Normal Cost for either plan.
    
    The benefit increase was run as of the latest actuarial valuation date of July 1, 2011 using ProVal actuarial software used by the CPRB. The increase is representative of the increase on the actual payment effective date under the bill.


Memorandum
    The retiree benefit increase provided under the bill exceeds 2005 Pension Reform limitations. The bill would require an amendment to Pension Reform to be allowable. Any changes to Pension reform should be carefully considered from a fiscal and political impact basis.
    
    It is noted that while the $24.00 times benefit service exceeds the limitations, a reduction of the increase to $12.00 times benefit service would meet 2005 Pension Reform limitations. Liabilities and contribution impacts would be cut to 50% of the reported amounts.
Person Submitting Fiscal Note
Harry W. Mandel, Board Actuary, MAAA, MSPA, EA
Email
harry.w.mandel@wv.gov