ERS Rate to Rise - New York State School Boards Association

Apr 26, 2018


Welcome to the New York State School Boards Association, your trusted source for information on the latest developments in the education sector. In this article, we will explore the rising ERS (Employee Retirement System) rates in New York State and their implications for businesses and consumers in the region.

Understanding ERS Rates

The Employee Retirement System (ERS) is a pension plan provided to public employees in New York State. It offers retirement and other benefits to eligible individuals working in various state agencies, school districts, and local governments. These benefits are funded by employee contributions, employer contributions, and investment returns.

The Impact on Businesses and Consumers

As the ERS rates continue to rise, businesses and consumers alike are facing challenges in managing their budgets. The increased employer contribution rates can put a strain on the financial resources of schools, local governments, and other entities. This can potentially lead to reduced funding for essential services and programs, impacting the overall quality of education and public services.

Steps to Manage the Impact

While the rising ERS rates pose significant challenges, there are steps that businesses and consumers can take to mitigate the impact:

1. Financial Planning

Developing a comprehensive financial plan is crucial for businesses and individuals to effectively manage the increased ERS rates. This includes budgeting, evaluating expenses, and exploring alternative funding options to reduce the financial burden.

2. Collaboration and Partnerships

Collaborating with other organizations and forming strategic partnerships can help businesses and local governments share resources and reduce costs. By pooling their efforts, entities can collectively address the challenges posed by rising ERS rates.

3. Advocacy and Legislative Initiatives

Engaging in advocacy efforts and supporting legislative initiatives can influence policy changes that may positively impact ERS rates. By working together, businesses and consumers can voice their concerns to lawmakers and advocate for reforms that promote financial sustainability.

How the New York State School Boards Association Can Help

The New York State School Boards Association is committed to keeping businesses, schools, and individuals informed about the latest developments regarding ERS rates. Our experienced team closely monitors legislative changes and provides valuable insights on how to navigate the impact of rising rates effectively.

By staying connected with us through our website and attending our informative workshops and seminars, you can gain access to the resources and knowledge needed to make informed decisions regarding ERS rates. We provide guidance on financial planning, collaboration strategies, and advocacy initiatives to help you manage the impact on your business or organization.


The rising ERS rates in New York State require businesses and consumers to stay informed and proactive in managing the financial impact. By implementing effective strategies, engaging in collaboration, and advocating for reforms, businesses and individuals can navigate these challenges successfully. The New York State School Boards Association is here to support you every step of the way, providing valuable resources and expertise to ensure a sustainable future for all.

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