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Judy Banks

My husband retired with 40.5 years of service and died about 18 months after retirement. He had elected the 75% spousal survivor benefit option.  For the months he was living his pension payment was reduced by several hundred dollars because of this option.  When he died I was awarded 75% of the reduced amount, so now the payment was just over half of the amount we had in our budget plan for retirement. If this proposal goes into effect, l will be receiving almost $1,000 less. Somehow, $1,500 per month is not much of a pension for over 40 years of service and dedication. I cannot survive with the cut as it is currently planned.

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