Eliminating Social Security Provisions That Reduce Benefits for Some State and Local Workers is Not the Way to Help Retirees

All state and local workers should be covered by Social Security

by Alicia H. Munnell
Market Watch

President-elect Biden proposes to eliminate the Windfall Elimination Provision (WEP) and the Government Pension Offet (GPO). These provisions reduce Social Security benefits for workers with significant government pensions from jobs not covered by Social Security and for their spouses and survivors.

Eliminating these provisions would be a mistake. They are well-intentioned attempts to solve an equity issue that arises because about 25% to 30% of state and local workers are not covered by Social Security.

Exclusion from Social Security creates two types of problems.

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