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Jessica Love

Jessica Love

Jessica Love is executive director for the Retired Indiana Public Employees Association, a statewide membership organization for retirees and active employee members of the Public Employees Retirement Fund. Since its founding by the Indiana Legislature in 1972, RIPEA has grown to serve approximately 40,000 PERF members. RIPEA’s mission is to improve the quality of life for members primarily through protecting and enhancing their retirement benefit through public policy and advocacy efforts, providing group insurance, and creating opportunities for retirees to connect.

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State retirees deserve 13th check

By: - April 5, 2023

My eight-year-old receives an allowance – a whopping $8 a week. My plan, for as long as I can get away with it, is to pay based on his age. A few assumptions I’m making: 1) the older he gets, the more he’ll be able to help out, 2) the older he gets, the more […]

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Long COVID about more than health impacts

By: - December 8, 2022

What do you typically think of when you hear the term “long COVID”? Extreme exhaustion, brain fog, dizziness, difficulty breathing, or chest pain, perhaps?  What about soaring inflation, a wildly competitive job market, an immobilized homebuyer market, an escalating rental housing crisis, or growing mistrust in government’s ability to address the underlying issues causing all […]

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Getting “stuck” with payday loans

By: - October 27, 2022

Have you ever gotten your car or truck stuck in mud; and the more you try to get out, the deeper your tires sink in? I have.  So, I know from experience: unless you have the luxury of waiting for things to dry out, you’re going to need help – a push or a pull […]

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Hoosier renter crisis grows as wages don’t keep pace with rent

By: - August 16, 2022

I made a discovery a few days ago. My husband has been hiding something.  In our garage are boxes of brown sugar Pop-Tarts and strawberry and banana mini muffins. He says they’re for the kids – that he’s just rationing them. In the meantime, until he chooses, those breakfast items are completely unattainable. The 2- […]

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Wealth building and wealth stripping solutions

By: - July 7, 2022

I’m officially old enough to now have an “I remember when …” story. Today’s lookback – hearkening memories of 1999: “I remember when gas was under $1 per gallon.”  Now, thanks to inflation, I’ll get to add “I remember when gas was above $5” to my story bank.  With enough time, these are just that: […]