Congressman Jared Golden and Congresswoman Chellie Pingree are cosponsoring H.R. 4540, the Public Servants Protection and Fairness Act, to help public workers harmed by the federal Windfall Elimination Provision (WEP). “If you pay into Social Security, you should receive the benefits you’ve earned,” Congressman Golden said. “Nearly 1 in 4 Mainers, including more than 220,000 Maine seniors, receive Social Security benefits. But right now, thousands of Maine’s public servants are having their benefits reduced because of an outdated, confusing provision that doesn’t make sense for most workers. We shouldn’t punish hard-working folks who have second jobs or who make the transition into public service by slashing their benefits. This is a simple, bipartisan fix to a big problem for many Mainers.” H.R. 4540 would boost benefits by up to $150 per month for current retirees impacted by the WEP. It would make sure benefit calculations for future retirees reflect their earnings from jobs covered by Social Security.