Governor’s Weekly Message to Delawareans

"This Week: Proposed Health and Pension Protection Plan Critical to Protecting Retirees and Saving State Money "

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(Dover, DE) – In his weekly message, Governor Markell talks about being fiscally responsible when it comes to the pension benefits for state workers.

State pension and health benefit plans across the country are underfunded by more than $1 trillion dollars.

Delaware’s pension plan for state employees is one of the better funded and the Governor wants to keep it that way.

He has proposed a Health and Pension Protection Plan that asks new hires – people who join state government after January 1, 2011 – to contribute more each month for pension and health benefits, in order to save millions of dollars in the short-term and drive down demands on the state’s budget in the long-term.

At noon every Friday, a new video message is posted to the Governor’s website and YouTube channel and be distributed to Delaware media outlets.

Transcripts of the messages are posted and the audio version of the Governor’s message is available on iTunes as a podcast for distribution to personal MP3 players and home computers.

The Governor’s weekly message is currently being carried on the air by WHYY-TV and posted on websites by various media outlets