Bill Would Rework Limits on Social Security for Some Public Workers

Route Fifty: Congressional lawmakers are proposing bipartisan legislation they say would improve the fairness of Social Security for state and local government retirees by revamping a provision that can restrict benefits from the federal retirement program for some public workers.

The “Windfall Elimination Provision,” or WEP for short, provides a formula to adjust Social Security payments for people who held jobs—often with state and local agencies—where Social Security taxes were not withheld from their pay, and jobs where they did pay the taxes.

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