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David Sirota Headlines CSPERA September 22 Legislative Forum

David Sirota, a nationally famous and nationally syndicated investigative journalist, will be the keynote speaker at CSPERA’s Annual Legislative Forum.

CSPERA encourages you to attend this program!

You’ll learn an award-winning investigative reporter’s take on how PERA compares to public pension management around the country.

The program will be held Tuesday, September 22, 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM, at the Embassy Suites Hotel, 4444 Havana Street (Havana and I-70). No travel through Denver proper, easy off and back on I-70).

Registration forms can be printed from this CSPERA web site and mailed to:

CSPERA, 1085 Peoria Street #219, Aurora, CO 80011.

CLICK HERE For The Registration Form


Contact Kathy Zinter or Marlis Hamm at the CSPERA state office via phone or email:

303-326-1808 or 1-800-748-2846 or

David Sirota is an award winning journalist, television commentator, nationally syndicated weekly newspaper columnist, radio host, and best selling author. He is the recent recipient of the prestigious Izzy Award given by the Park Center For Independent Media. Sirota has exposed political and legislative abuses of pension systems, actions which hurt taxpayers, government employees, and retirees, while rewarding wall street firms with political ties. He has also won the "Best In Business" Award for financial journalism from the Society for American Business Editors and Writers. Both organizations recognized Sirota for his coverage of America’s $3 trillion pension system.

Plan now to attend this program and learn about our pension security and how pension activities across the nation are affecting the lives of public employee retirees.

Fifth Grade Grandparent Essay Contest

Four Student 1st Prizes of $75 Visa Gift Cards and Four Student 2nd Prizes of $50 Visa Gift Cards

Four SCHOOL Prizes of $500 each from Colorado AARP

Western Division

1st Place Winner-Megan Jenkins

Cedaredge Elem School

Cedaredge Co


Sothern Division

1st place winner-Emma Grice

Steele Elementary

Colorado Springs, CO 80407


2nd Place Winner-Camryn Gale

Caprock Academy

Grand Junction, CO


2nd Place Winner-Lily Emisson

Edison Elementary

Colorado Springs, CO


Northeastern Division

1st place winner-Daisy Meraz

Baker Central School

Fort Morgan, CO


Metro Division

1ST Place winndr-Montserrat Ceballos Martinez

Turnberry Elementary School

Commerce City, CO


2nd Place winner-Levi McFarland

Baker Central School

Fort Morgan, CO

2nd Place Winner-Josephine Stockton

Aurora Quest k-8           

Aurora, CO

Congratulations to our winners and everyone who participated in the contest!

Very Important News!
Colorado Supreme Court Rules Senate Bill 10-001 Constitutional

On Monday, October 20, the Colorado Supreme Court ruled in favor of Colorado PERA and the State of Colorado in the Justus v. State of Colorado and PERA case. The Court upheld the reduction of the annual increase or Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA) under Senate Bill 10-001. The Court stated, “We hold that the PERA legislation providing for cost of living adjustments does not establish any contract between PERA and its members entitling them to perpetual receipt of the specific COLA formula in place on the date each became eligible for retirement or on the date each actually retires.” Read the Supreme Court’s ruling.

“Senate Bill 1 was a difficult but necessary action taken to ensure the long-term sustainability and value of the retirement plan, which is one of Colorado’s best investments, for more than 500,000 of Colorado’s public employees working to build and serve our communities. Through the shared sacrifice approach recommended by the PERA Board, the Colorado General Assembly responded after the Great Recession, and the Colorado Supreme Court agreed with our collaborative approach,” said Gregory W. Smith, Colorado PERA Executive Director. “PERA is a vital and stable contributor to Colorado’s economy, distributing $3.8 billion in 2013 to retirees who live in Colorado which helps sustain nearly 26,000 jobs.”


CSPERA is the statewide organization that represents over 6,000 retired school and state employees in the state of Colorado.  Eligibility for membership in the association includes all retired and active school, state and public employees and their spouses who fulfill their financial obligations, all PERA annuitants, as well as other individuals interested in education and public welfare. The association was organized in 1950 to promote and protect the economic well-being and quality of life for all retired school employees. In 2007, the Board voted to expand membership to include all retired public employees who pay into PERA, including state, DOW, CDOT, corrections, judicial, parks, etc.


Our efforts in legislation, health issues, retirement seminars, membership workshops, leadership training, volunteerism and communications are geared toward maintaining a high standard of living for Colorado retirees.


The Colorado School and Public Employees Retirement Association was founded in 1950 as a means of addressing the concerns of all retired school employees in Colorado. With expanded membership, our current mission is to promote the personal, social, educational interests and economic security of retired PERA employees.


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CSPERA has added a NEW periodic bulletin, Breaking News!  Due to postal cost and budget, most issues of Breaking News!  will be sent just to those members for whom CSPERA has an email address, so be sure to make our office aware of your email contact so as to receive ALL of our communications (contact us via 1-800-748-2846, 303-326-1808 or  The quarterly Newsletter will certainly still be sent to ALL members via email and hard copy postal mail to those members with no email address.  Click below to read recent editions of Breaking News! 




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