Member Testifies on Beacon Hill

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Russ Gaulin is a dedicated his day-to-day job with MassDEP as an environmental analyst, as well as during his time with the United State Peace Corps back in 1980.  He served as a Fish Culture Extension Agent, working onsite in the rustic farm lands of Zaire to establish the area’s first fish farms.  He testified, saying, “My experience taught me first hand that one person actually can make a difference.”  

Gaulin was up on Beacon Hill to support House Bill 2405, An Act Authorizing Certain Public Employees Creditable Retirement Service, sponsored by Rep. Jim O’Day, D-West Boylston.  This legislation would let all state employees buy back up to four years of creditable service for having served in the Peace Corps, VISTA, the Commissioned Corps of the United States Public Health Service and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

Joe Dorant observes, “In 2003, the Legislature passed a bill allowing teachers to purchase their creditable time; House 2405 will simply allow all state employees the same benefit.”