Green Mountain Secure Retirement Plan
In 2014 the Public Retirement Study Committee was charged with completing an interim study of the feasibility of establishing a public retirement plan. Since then, reports were completed and filed with the Vermont General Assembly in 2015, 2016, and 2017.
Act 69, passed in 2017, is the current Act of jurisdiction. The section of Act 69 concerning the Green Mountain Secure Retirement Plan is linked here. In 2017 the Public Retirement Study Committee, Chaired by the Treasurer, recommended that the General Assembly direct the Office of the State Treasurer to work towards implementation of a “Voluntary open multiple employer plan (MEP)” with an overarching goal of increasing retirement security for all Vermonters. Act 69 of 2017 set forth this directive with an implementation date of January 15, 2019. Act 69 was signed into law by the Governor on June 9, 2017 as a part of the omnibus economic development bill (S.135, 2017). Highlights of the "Green Mountain Secure Retirement Plan" proposal as passed in Act 69 of the 2017 Legislation Session are linked here.
Drafts of the Green Mountain Secure Retirement Plan Implementation Timeline are linked below:
- Green Mountain Secure Retirement Plan Implementation Workplan and Timeline (Vertical)
- Green Mountain Secure Retirement Plan Implementation Workplan and Timeline (Horizontal)
Green Mountain Secure Retirement Plan Implementation Public Meetings:
The Treasurer's Office will be holding two separate meetings to solicit input from employers and employees regarding implementation of the Green Mountain Secure Retirement Plan.
- January 22, 2018, 2pm, Room 11 at the State House in Montpelier, VT
- January 29, 2018, 1pm, Franklin Conference Center at the Howe Center in Rutland, VT
Please RSVP to Treasurers.Office@vermont.gov.
Green Mountain Secure Retirement Plan Key Information and Essential Elements:
The plan shall be available on a voluntary basis to employers with 50 employees or fewer (intended to cover self-employed individuals) and employers that do not currently offer a retirement plan to their employees
The plan shall be voluntary but will automatically enroll all employees of employers that choose to participate in the MEP
The plan will allow employees the option of withdrawing their enrollment (opting-out) and ending their participation in the MEP
The plan will be funded by employee contributions with an option for future voluntary employer contributions
A successor board shall oversee the plan and assist the Treasurer’s Office with vendor selection, approval of plan documents and the adoption agreement
Public Retirement Study Committee
For more information regarding the Public Retirement Study Committee, please click here.