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  • The increase was actually 0.5%
    maynardgso
    According to NARFE, the increase last month was 0.5%, not 0.1%. At that rate, there would be an increase next January. Of course, that would mean we would have inflation back as well. Here is the quote from NARFE's website: "The Consumer Price Index for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers (CPI-W) increased 0.5 percent during March. Released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (www.bls.gov/cpi or 202/691-6994) on April 14, the CPI-W for March is 213.525. For purposes of calculating the next COLA (cost-of-living adjustment), the index is still 0.9 percent below the 2008 third quarter average (due to price deflation, in the past measurement year, the 2008 third quarter average is still the point of comparison) base index of 215.5."
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  • Federal Retiree - Social Security Benefits Flatline
    smooth811
    I've said it before and I'll say it again. It is wrong to use the annual COLA criteria for Fed retirees/Social Security recipients that is currently being used. If active Feds can count on an annual COLA, Fed retirees/Social Security recipients should be able to count on an annual COLA as well. Granting that Fed retirees/Social Security recipients generally, since being further along in life than active Feds, have less expenses, they should get the active Fed COLA, minus some percentage, like .5%, .75%, 1%, etc.
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  • Active Feds get COLAs?
    mayw
    Actually, Active Feds do not get a COLA, but instead get a raise, if Congress votes one for them. No garentees, no formula, just politics. Are you sure you want to tie your horse to that pole?
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  • Active Feds get COLAs?
    smooth811
    It's semantics to say that active Feds "do not get a COLA, but instead get a raise," since the raise is justified on increased ost of living. Why I would tie the Fed retiree/Social Security recipient horse to the active Fed pole is that there is always a raise budgeted for active Feds from year to year. This is not so for Fed retirees/Social Security recipients where instead there is a formula which can and did for 2010 result in no raise and very possibility may result in no raise again in 2011. True, the active Fed budgeted raise may and often does get adjusted based on politics, but there always is a raise of some amount.
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  • Retiree COLA
    RF
    Since it looks like there won't be a COLA for retirees, I guess that means that there won't be big increases in the cost of health insurance, Medicare, and long term care insurance--like there WERE last year when there also was no COLA. To put it another way, what's going on here?
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  • Federal Retiree - Social Security Benefits Flatline
    Donna
    Well, Walmart will need to open more stores so that Federal retirees can suppliment their retirement income by getting jobs as Walmart greeters.
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