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Former MOSES member Russ Gaulin, an environmental analyst with DEP, Representative Jim O’Day and MOSES President Joe Dorant, along with Boston Area Returned Peace Corps Treasurer and DPH Epidemiologist, Alicia Charleston, testified before the Joint Committee on Public Service on H.2384, An Act authorizing certain public employees’ creditable retirement service.

 At a time in state government when it is increasingly important to do more with less, Peace Corps and similar service program alumni bring to state service invaluable skills such as problem solving and dealing with uncertainty, all derived from practical, hands-on experience. These individuals often dedicate years of their lives for little or no pay for the purposes of enhancing the quality of life of disenfranchised populations across the globe. MOSES President Joe Dorant explains, “These are MOSES members with a passion for service and learning. Their experiences bring a unique perspective to the day-to-day service state workers bring to the Commonwealth. This legislation would allow state employees to buy back up to four years of creditable service. Teachers are provided this advantage; H.2384 would expand this benefit to all Commonwealth personnel.”

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