Legislative Updates

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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Special Election Runoffs TODAY! Plus New TRS Value Video

Several special elections are happening today in Texas! Elections are being held to determine Texas Representatives for House Districts 13, 17, and 123, as well as the Senator for Senate District 26. If you live in one of these districts, get out and vote TODAY!

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TRS Defined Benefit Plan Attacked

The Austin American-Statesman published an article on February 10 attacking the defined benefit plans of retired Texas public educators. James Quintero of the Texas Public Policy Foundation (TPPF) wrote the attack article. In the article, Quintero questions the funding stability of public pension plans. Quintero’s primary focus is on the pension plans run by the Teacher Retirement System of Texas (TRS). Quintero’s article is not only poorly timed, but also highly misguided.

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Senate Finance Committee Expanded Update, Featuring Exclusive Video Coverage!

Yesterday, the Texas Retired Teachers Association (TRTA) released a brief Inside Line update about the Senate Finance Committee meeting. The committee met yesterday to hear testimony from the Legislative Budget Board (LBB) and the Teacher Retirement System of Texas (TRS) about the state of the TRS pension fund and the TRS-Care retiree health insurance program. Today we feature our expanded update, including video coverage of the meeting itself and an exclusive update from TRTA Executive Director Tim Lee!

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Senate Finance Committee Hears Testimony About Pension Fund, TRS-Care

Today, February 11, the Senate Finance Committee heard testimony from the Legislative Budget Board (LBB) and the Teacher Retirement System of Texas (TRS) about the state of the TRS pension fund and the TRS-Care retiree health insurance program. While the news is good about the pension fund, concern about TRS-Care was expressed not only by the LBB and TRS but by several Senators serving on the committee as well.

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Senate Finance Committee Discussing TRS-Care Tomorrow!

The Senate Finance Committee is meeting tomorrow, February 11, at 9 a.m. to discuss the $768 million shortfall facing the TRS-Care health insurance program. You can watch the meeting via the Legislature's website. TRTA ACTION ALERT INCLUDED!

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