State of Wyoming Archives: on Social Security

Cynthia Lummis: Comprehensive overhaul of both Medicare & Social Security

Q: How would you guarantee Social Security benefits for future generations?

A: I have been a strong advocate for comprehensive reform to overhaul both our Medicare and Social Security systems to make them viable for the long-term while modernizing the programs to meet the needs of today's retirees. While in the US House of Representatives, I proposed changes to Medicare and Social Security but they would not have impacted anyone currently receiving benefits or those paying into the programs. If we do nothing beneficiaries will see automatic cuts when the trusts run out of money. Or, worse still, the programs will cease to exist--putting current and future generations of retirees at great risk. As a U.S. Senator, I will be a fierce advocate for tackling Medicare and Social Security reform today instead of continuing to kick the can down the road. It's too important to Wyoming seniors and future generations to not fix these critical programs.

Source: AFA iVoterGuide on 2020 Wyoming Senate race Nov 3, 2020

Bill Dahlin: Does not want Medicare or Social Security jeopardized

What do I think about Medicare and Social Security? I strongly feel we should not jeopardize these programs.
Source: 2018 Wyoming gubernatorial website Sep 18, 2018

Gary Trauner: Social Security is not an entitlement but an earned benefit

Social Security, Medicare and other Safety Net programs are more critical than ever as wages stagnate, more workers become part of the "Gig Economy" without the benefits given to regular employees, and employers continue to cut-off their funding for traditional source of pensions, retirement programs and benefits for most working Americans. Social Security and Medicare are not "entitlements". They are earned, deferred benefits paid for by Americans over their working lives.
Source: 2018 Wyoming Senatorial campaign website Feb 22, 2018

Dave Freudenthal: $48M for state retirement fund, but employees must pay more

The change in the economy compels us over time to require state employees to make a greater contribution to the retirement fund. What I did in my budget was to acknowledge we will need more money. I put aside $48 million. We can figure out over the next year the right structure, the right mix, between added funds from the State and added funds from the employees.

But there are some other assumptions that I think need to be evaluated over the next year. One is that ours is a fixed benefit plan, and we have had a habit of taking a fixed benefit plan and inserting cost of living increases. We need to assess whether that makes sense and whether we need to reevaluate the structure of the plan and the role of the employee.

I do not take grave exception with the proposition state employees are going to have to pay more. What I am worried about is we have headed off on a course of action and do not have a strategy.

Source: Wyoming 2010 State of the State Address Feb 8, 2010

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2020 Presidential contenders on Social Security:
  Democrats running for President:
Sen.Michael Bennet (D-CO)
V.P.Joe Biden (D-DE)
Mayor Mike Bloomberg (I-NYC)
Gov.Steve Bullock (D-MT)
Mayor Pete Buttigieg (D-IN)
Sen.Cory Booker (D-NJ)
Secy.Julian Castro (D-TX)
Gov.Lincoln Chafee (L-RI)
Rep.John Delaney (D-MD)
Rep.Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI)
Sen.Amy Klobuchar (D-MN)
Gov.Deval Patrick (D-MA)
Sen.Bernie Sanders (I-VT)
CEO Tom Steyer (D-CA)
Sen.Elizabeth Warren (D-MA)
Marianne Williamson (D-CA)
CEO Andrew Yang (D-NY)

2020 Third Party Candidates:
Rep.Justin Amash (L-MI)
CEO Don Blankenship (C-WV)
Gov.Lincoln Chafee (L-RI)
Howie Hawkins (G-NY)
Gov.Gary Johnson(L-NM)
Howard Schultz(I-WA)
Gov.Jesse Ventura (I-MN)
Republicans running for President:
Sen.Ted Cruz(R-TX)
Gov.Larry Hogan (R-MD)
Gov.John Kasich(R-OH)
V.P.Mike Pence(R-IN)
Gov.Mark Sanford (R-SC)
Pres.Donald Trump(R-NY)
Rep.Joe Walsh (R-IL)
Gov.Bill Weld(R-MA & L-NY)

2020 Withdrawn Democratic Candidates:
Sen.Stacey Abrams (D-GA)
Mayor Bill de Blasio (D-NYC)
Sen.Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY)
Sen.Mike Gravel (D-AK)
Sen.Kamala Harris (D-CA)
Gov.John Hickenlooper (D-CO)
Gov.Jay Inslee (D-WA)
Mayor Wayne Messam (D-FL)
Rep.Seth Moulton (D-MA)
Rep.Beto O`Rourke (D-TX)
Rep.Tim Ryan (D-CA)
Adm.Joe Sestak (D-PA)
Rep.Eric Swalwell (D-CA)
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