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The Public Employees’ Retirement System of Mississippi (PERS) p​roudly serves the state of Mississippi by providing retirement benefits for individuals working in state government, public schools, universities, community colleges, municipalities, counties, the Legislature, highway patrol, and other such public entities. These retirement benefits not only help recruit and retain a strong public workforce in Mississippi, they help stimulate local economies in every county in the state and help reduce the need for social assistance.


A Message from PERS Executive Director Ray Higgins Regarding Recent Attorney General's Opinions - Updated February 12, 2019

“We certainly support our membership and retirees. However, as fiduciaries, we must always act in the best interest of the System. Today, the PERS Board of Trustees directed PERS staff to develop or amend regulations to be finalized by January 1, 2020, that would allow retirees to serve in the Mississippi Legislature without an adverse effect on their benefit, while following state law, federal law, and the Attorney General’s opinions, and while not jeopardizing the plan’s qualified tax status. While keeping in mind the best interest of the System and the System’s importance to our many members, we will respond to this direction from our board in a prudent manner.” 

- Ray Higgins, PERS executive director 


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