Monthly benefits are calculated using a simple formula, a dollar amount multiplied by years of service. Currently, that multiplier is set at $16.00. It could rise to $16.50, but no higher, according to state law. Eliminating that multiplier allows the multiplier to grow as large as the General Assembly will fund it. SB 105, eliminates that multiplier altogether, except to set a mimimum of $17. In other words, the multiplier could never drop below that.
Until SB 105 is enacted, GAE is hoping increase the multiplier to the current allowed maximum of $16.50. Momentum to do so in the legislature appears to be growing.