Just FYI- The Public Service Committee held a hearing yesterday to discuss the possibility of another ERI for city and town employees. The hearing went very well with the Co-Chairs expressing the need to give local officials a way of fiscal relief without laying off workers. I am almost certain that the Committee will report a favorable recomendation that the bills ought to pass, and the Governor is also on board. This ERI is almost identical to last years bill, an employee will be able to substitute five years of service or age, or a combination of the two, but not to exceed five. Local officials will then have to vote to accept the ERI and may limit the number of employees who can enroll. The intent is to give fiscal relief to local communities and to avoid lay offs. Lets hope this passes!