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03.06.2023 Agenda

Pension Commission Meeting Agenda for March 6, 2023

red bullet  Meeting will be livestreamed by the House on HTV2:

Agenda Documents
1. Approval of February 27, 2023, meeting minutes. Approved 2/27/23 Minutes
2. Public testimony on benefit improvements for teachers (for testifiers who signed up to testify at the February 27, 2023, meeting but the meeting ended before they could testify).
  • Lonnie Duberstein, Past President/Legislative Committee Co-Chair, Retired Educators Association of Minnesota (REAM)
  • Joan Beaver, Legislative Action Chair, Education Minnesota Retired
3. Minnesota Management & Budget (MMB) presentation on the Governor's budget for public pensions.
  • Thomas L. Carr, Executive Budget Officer, Minnesota Management and Budget.
  • Bryan Dahl, Financial Planning Director, Minnesota Management and Budget
Governor's budget for public pensions
4. Presentations by the pension fund directors on benefit changes and funding proposals.
  • Erin Leonard, Executive Director, Minnesota State Retirement System (MSRS)
  • Doug Anderson, Executive Director, Public Employees Retirement Association (PERA)
  • Jay Stoffel, Executive Director, Teachers Retirement Association (TRA)
    • LCPR23-029 (03/03/23 04:41 pm): Teachers Retirement Association (TRA board proposal)
  • Phillip Tencick, Executive Director, St. Paul Teachers Retirement Fund Association (SPTRFA)
MSRS Presentation
PERA Presentation
TRA Presentation
Summary of LCPR23-029 SPTRFA Presentation
5. Public testimony on the pension fund benefit change/funding proposals.
Note: Testimony will be limited to four (4) testifiers on each of the retirement fund proposals (MSRS, PERA, TRA, and St. Paul Teachers), and each testifier will have two (2) minutes. All other testifiers will be asked to submit written testimony. Testifiers:
  • MSRS Proposal:
    Ethan Vogel, Legislative Director, AFSCME Council 5
  • PERA Proposal:
    Ethan Vogel, Legislative Director, AFSCME Council 5
    Brian Rice, representing the Minnesota Police Fraternal Association
  • TRA Proposal:
    Louise Sundin, Minneapolis Committee of Thirteen
    NOTE: See below for submitted testimony
  • SPTRFA Proposal:
    Lori Borgeson, active member of SPTRFA
    Eugene Waschbusch, retired member of SPTRFA
  • Submitted testimony in support of the TRA proposal:
    Minn. Assoc. of School Administrators, Deb Henton, Executive Director
    Paul Peterson, teacher, International Falls
    Brian Wickenheiser, teacher, Esko
    Mike Pothast, tech integration specialist 5-12/CSP instructor, Hermantown Community Schools
    Jennifer Boese, kindergarten teacher, Winterquist Elementary School
    Belinda Stutzman, teacher, Wayzata Public Schools
    Lisa Dupuis, social studies, Esko High School
    Julie Martzke, school psychologist, ISD #196 Rosemount-Apple Valley-Eagan
    Jason Savage, High School Principal, Pillager Schools ISD #116
    Jeremy Zywicki, elementary PE/asst. football coach, Esko Public Schools
    Teressa M. Parker, teacher
    Kathryn Almen, 5th grade English language arts teacher, Brainerd Public Schools
    Melissa Cousino, first grade teacher, Pillager Elementary School
    Janet Spreiter, special education teacher, Pillager Public School
    Bethany Ocar, CLR English teacher, Hopkins High School
    Shania Holst, 1st grade teacher, Pillager Elementary
    Felicia Homberger, language arts instructor, Hopkins High School
    Jeremy L. Frank, Special Education Teacher, Pillager Elementary
  • Submitted testimony in support of either/both the TRA and Education Minnesota proposals:
    Robert Laine, teacher, Lake of the Woods High School, Baudette
    Cheryl B. Lancette, Esko High School Spanish teacher
    Chad Stoskopf, Esko Public Schools activities director/teacher
    Shane Lee, Spanish/English teacher, Wheaton Area Schools 803
    Sue Wagner, 7th/12th grade English teacher, Crookston High School
    Robert W. Bestul, Lincoln Elementary School Principal, ISD #701 Hibbing
    Steve & Jill O'Toole, 6th & 4th grade teachers, Eden Prairie S.D.
    Riley Krusmark, special education teacher, Goodhue, Minnesota
    Julie A. Seiler, Minnesota public educator
    Jennifer Rands, elementary teacher, Centennial School District
    Wendy Graves, teacher, ISD #270 Hopkins
    Kathleen Thompson, special education teacher
    Holly Paschke, speech-language pathologist, Clover Ridge Elementary School
    Alison Zak, peer coach, Prior Lake High School
    Mike Carr, social studies teacher, Prior Lake High School
    Kimberly Dahl, teacher, Esko Public Schools
    Steve Clouse, Nashwauk-Keewatin High School teacher
    Jeff Kocur, teacher, Hopkins Schools
Rice handouts
For the submitted testimony, click on the person's name
6. HF2222 (Wolgamott); SF1938 (Frentz): Teachers Retirement Association and St. Paul Teachers Retirement Fund Association (Education Minnesota proposal). Laid over Summary

For the submitted testimony, click on the person's name

PUBLIC VIEWING INFORMATION: Meeting will be livestreamed by the House on HTV2:

TESTIFYING: To testify or submit written testimony on an agenda item, please contact the Commission staff at by 3:00 PM on Friday, March 3, identifying the specific agenda item on which you would like to testify. Testimony is limited to the items on the agenda.

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Meeting Details

  • Monday, March 6, 2023
  • 8:30 AM
    120 State Capitol
  • Chair: Rep. Kaohly Vang Her

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