The Government Pension Offset (GPO) and Windfall Elimination Provision (WEP) penalize people who have dedicated their lives to public service by taking away benefits they have earned. Nine out of 10 public employees affected by the GPO lose their entire spousal benefit, even though their spouse paid Social Security taxes for many years. The WEP causes hard-working people to lose a significant portion of the benefits they earned themselves. People who are denied Social Security by the GPO and WEP have less money to spend in their communities, and contribute less to their local economies. Nationally, some 300,000 individuals lose an average of $3,600 a year due to the GPO -- an amount that can make the difference between self-sufficiency and poverty. The number of people impacted continues to grow as more people reach retirement age, which means the problem -- and the danger to local ecomomies -- is growing.
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