Oklahoma News
7:30 am
Sun November 16, 2014

Oklahoma Public Retirees Want Cost-Of-Living Boost

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Representatives of Oklahoma's public retirees who have not had a cost-of-living adjustment since 2008 say the time has come to increase their pension incomes now that the state's underfunded pension systems are regaining financial strength.

Managers of some of Oklahoma's biggest retirement systems say they are financially stronger than they were just four years ago. Unfunded liability has declined by $6.5 billion and the funded ratio of the systems has improved from 58 percent four years ago to 74.4 percent.

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3:28 pm
Wed August 13, 2014

Couple Embraces Nomadic Retirement

Four years ago, Lynne and Tim Martin decided to sell everything they own and start a global journey together. (

Originally published on Wed August 13, 2014 2:57 pm

Living out of a suitcase may not be your ideal type of retirement, but for two retirees, it’s paradise on earth.

Four years ago, Lynne and Tim Martin decided to sell everything they own and start a global journey together. They sold their house, gave away their belongings and set out on an adventure that has led them from California to Portugal, Mexico, Morocco and beyond.

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Tinker Air Force Base
8:00 am
Mon July 15, 2013

Tinker Worker Buyouts Offered

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Tinker Air Force Base is offering buyouts in an effort to trim 750 civilian workers from its payroll.

About 9,000 civilians work at the aircraft maintenance center, which is the largest in the US Air Force.

This is the fourth round of buyouts at the base since 2011 — with the first three leading to about 210 civilian employees leaving.

Union representative James Schmidt told The Oklahoman that he believes the goal of 750 employees accepting the buyout will be met. Schmidt said several workers who are 55 or older have been waiting for such an offer.

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State Capitol
10:07 am
Sat May 11, 2013

Fallin, Calling For "True Reform," Vetoes Pension Bill

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Gov. Mary Fallin has vetoed a bill that would have given state workers the option of enrolling in a defined contribution retirement plan similar to a 401(k).

The bill by Oklahoma City Republican Rep. Randy McDaniel that Fallin vetoed Friday would have allowed state employees hired after July 2014 to choose between a defined contribution option and the current defined benefit system. The bill was approved earlier this week by the House on a 72-20 vote.

Democrats in the House argued the bill would increase the risk involved in state workers' retirement years.

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