Legislative Updates

TRTA Day at the Capitol Event Next Week! We Need Your Help!

The Texas Retired Teachers Association (TRTA) will host its biennial Day at the Capitol event on April 8, 2015 in conjunction with the 62nd Annual Convention in Austin.

We need your help reaching out to legislators! Help us extend an invitation to all legislators and their staff members to join us for our ice cream social and rally on the east lawn. We’d also like for our legislators to come out to the tent during our rally and share some encouraging words.

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Invite Your Legislators to Day at the Capitol!

The Texas Retired Teachers Association (TRTA) will host its biennial Day at the Capitol event on April 8, 2015 in conjunction with the 62nd Annual Convention in Austin.

Thousands of Texas public education retirees will fill the halls of the Texas Capitol wearing red shirts and promoting the preservation of the TRS defined benefit plan and TRS-Care retiree health insurance program!

TRTA is expecting just as many retirees, if not more, to arrive this year on the east lawn on the Capitol grounds for a day filled with legislator visits, House and Senate honors and an old-fashioned ice cream social!

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TRTA Day at the Capitol Event on April 8!

The Texas Retired Teachers Association (TRTA) will host its biennial Day at the Capitol event on April 8, 2015 in conjunction with the 62nd Annual Convention in Austin.

In years past, thousands of Texas public education retirees have filled the halls of the Texas Capitol wearing red shirts and promoting the preservation of the TRS defined benefit plan and TRS-Care retiree health insurance program!

TRTA is expecting just as many retirees, if not more, to arrive this year on the east lawn on the Capitol grounds for a day filled with legislator visits, House and Senate honors, and an old-fashioned ice cream social!

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TRTA TV Update: The Latest News about WEP and the Texas Legislature!

Members of the Texas Retired Teachers Association (TRTA) legislative team visited Washington, D.C. last week to advocate for improved Social Security benefits for Texas retired school personnel and meet with Congressman Kevin Brady (R, The Woodlands).

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TRTA Attends NIRS Conference, Lobbies for WEP Repeal

Members of the Texas Retired Teachers Association (TRTA) legislative team visited Washington, D.C. this week, and spoke with Texas congressional leadership about the Windfall Elimination Provision (WEP). Executive Director Tim Lee, State President Fran Plemmons, Legislative Coordinator Bill Barnes and Retirement Consultant Ronnie Jung attended the National Institute on Retirement Security (NIRS) Sixth Annual Policy Conference to learn more about the state of retirement security of all Americans.

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More on Our Developing Story: House Appropriations Committee Announces Intention to Fully Fund TRS-Care!

TRTA Members in Action Making a BIG Difference!!

EMAIL ACTION ALERTS INCLUDED IN THIS UPDATE!
 
Watch an Exclusive Video Update from TRTA Executive Director Tim Lee

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Developing Story: House Appropriations Committee Announces Intention to Fully Fund TRS-Care!

Today, February 25, the Texas House Appropriations Committee Chairman, John Otto, made a public announcement that the House intends to fully fund TRS-Care for the 2016-17 biennium. This means the $768 million projected shortfall to the retiree health insurance program will be funded under the House budget proposal.

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TRS Presents TRS-Care Sustainability Study Options to House Appropriations

Member Alert: This is our most important update! Please read and send to your friends, family, and fellow retirees! TRTA will NOT be able to succeed this session without your help and membership support!
 

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TRS Testifies Before House Pensions Committee

Today, TRS spoke to those same issues before the House Pensions Committee. Although TRTA has represented our retirees’ voices in the aforementioned committee meetings, today’s event was invited testimony only.

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House Appropriations Committee Discusses Pension Fund, TRS-Care Issues

Today, February 20, the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Article III met and heard vital testimony about the Teacher Retirement System of Texas (TRS) pension fund and the TRS-Care retiree health insurance program. The Texas Retired Teachers Association (TRTA) was able to provide public testimony, in addition to TRS Executive Director Brian Guthrie.

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