Legislative Updates

TRTA Day at the Capitol is Here! MEMBER ACTION ALERT!

Invite your legislators to join us today for TRTA Day at the Capitol! Clicking here!

Today, March 29, is the Texas Retired Teachers Association Day at the Capitol event! More than 1500 retired educators from across the state will arrive on the east grounds of the Texas Capitol wearing red shirts, carrying red bags and rallying in support of funding for vital pension and health care programs!

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Senate Finance Committee Update: Proposed Budget Includes $311 Million Towards TRS-Care

The Senate Finance Committee met today, March 22, to finalize Senate Bill 1 (SB1). SB1 will determine the State’s general appropriations for the upcoming biennium. The Senate Finance Committee voted unanimously, 15-0, to approve SB1 and send it to the Senate floor. Senator Jane Nelson, (R-Flower Mound) announced that SB1 will be presented to the full Senate for a vote next Tuesday, March 28. 

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TRTA 64th Annual Convention and Day at the Capitol Next Week! Member Action Alert Included!

Click here to send an email to your legislators inviting them to join TRTA for Day at the Capitol on March 29!

The Texas Retired Teachers Association (TRTA) is finalizing plans for the 64th Annual TRTA Convention to be held in Austin March 27-28, 2017. Nearly 1,000 retirees are registered for the event already, which is taking place at the Hilton Austin on 500 E. 4th Street. Convention attendees and many other retirees and pre-retirees are also gearing up for a busy day of grassroots advocacy at the Texas Capitol on March 29!

 

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Watch Our New TRTATV Episode, Get Updated Information about SB 1750, 1751!

This has been a very busy week for Texas Retired Teachers Association (TRTA) staff and members. During the past three days alone, members have sent more than 60,000 emails to the Texas Legislature! Thank you for your efforts to support the defined benefit plan and the TRS-Care health insurance program.

 

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Big News on TRS-Care! We're Making a Difference!

The March is On to “Keep TRS-Care Affordable,” and major steps in the process for accomplishing this goal has been taken by both the Senate and the House!‚Äč

Click here to send an email to your Senator!

Click here to send an email to your Representative!

 

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URGENT MEMBER ALERT: Bills Filed to Eliminate TRS Defined Benefit Plan!

CLICK HERE to send an email to your legislators today, asking them to oppose legislation that eliminates the TRS defined benefit plan!

As the 85th Legislative Session continues to move at breakneck speed, Texas Retired Teachers Association (TRTA) leaders are meeting with your Senators and Representatives on a variety of urgent matters, including TRS-Care and now, the move to do away with the TRS defined benefit plan!

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The March is On to TRTA Day at the Capitol!

The Texas Retired Teachers Association (TRTA) is marching on the Texas Capitol grounds on Wednesday, March 29, with thousands of retirees ready to rally to Keep TRS-Care Affordable!

Join us for this day of grassroots advocacy! This is your chance to make your voice heard and get your legislators thinking about you!

If you want to keep TRS-Care affordable for yourself, your fellow retirees and future retirees, then this conversation—and this day—is about you!

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Texas Senate Receives Testimony From Laura and John Arnold Foundation Vice-President, Josh McGee

The Texas Senate’s Committee on Nominations received testimony today from Josh McGee, who serves as the chair of the Pension Review Board (PRB).

McGee was appointed by Governor Greg Abbott to chair the board in November 2015, and has since been working in that role. The Committee on Nominations’ purpose is to decide whether or not to approve Abbott’s nominations to a variety of boards and commissions throughout the state.

McGee received many questions from the committee about his role as Vice-President of the Laura and John Arnold Foundation. The Laura and John Arnold Foundation is a Houston-based nonprofit, which is primarily supported by former Enron executive and hedge fund manager, John Arnold. Chief among the Foundation’s goals is public pension reform, with an emphasis on converting public workers to defined contribution plans.

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The March is On: TRS Board of Trustees Elections

Elections are now underway to fill two seats on the Board of Trustees for the Teacher Retirement System of Texas (TRS). The members elected to the Board of Trustees of TRS represent your interests! There are two open trustee positions: a Retiree seat and an At-Large seat.

As a retiree you get to vote for one person for the retiree position and one person for the at-large position (active employees may only vote for the at-large seat). 

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The March is On: Repealing the WEP Still On the Horizon

Texas Retired Teachers Association (TRTA) leaders visited Washington, D.C. last week to meet with Texas congressional members about what the next steps are in repealing the unfair federal Windfall Elimination Provision (WEP).

Are your earned Social Security wages being taken away from you? Then this conversation is about you!

Congressman Kevin Brady filed legislation during the last congressional cycle to address the WEP. H.R. 711, the Equal Treatment of Public Servants Act, proposed to provide a rebate to retirees who fall under the WEP. The bill received considerable support, including 100 Congressional cosponsors.

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