Statements about Retirement

Says "$1,100 of the tuition paid by every Oregon university student annually goes just to pay the costs of PERS."

Knopp says he upheld a campaign promise not to join the Public Employees Retirement System (PERS).

Says "I am happy to decline PERS so that the County can save over $68,000 over a four year term that would have been paid on my behalf."

Says Oregon state employees received a "catch-up" pay raise in 1981 -- just two years after they agreed not to take a raise in exchange for a retirement benefit.

"The Public Employee Retirement System is making more millionaires than the Oregon state lottery."

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