Legislative Updates

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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The March is On to Keep TRS-Care Affordable

March is the most crucial month for legislative action on issues that impact you and your fellow public education retirees. The Texas Retired Teachers Association (TRTA) is moving full steam ahead, and we need your help!

TRS-Care has been an issue on the minds of retirees and legislators for several sessions, and it is now coming to a head. (Read our complete TRS-Care FAQ here).

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The March is On: TRTA Rallies Members to Action!

March is the most crucial month for legislative action on issues that impact you and your fellow public education retirees. The Texas Retired Teachers Association (TRTA) is moving full steam ahead, and we need your help! 

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TRTA Day at the Capitol Event Shaping Up!

Four weeks from today, thousands of public education retirees from all across the great state of Texas will convene at the Capitol to rally for improved benefits and health care security!

Texas Retired Teachers Association (TRTA) Day at the Capitol will be held on Wednesday, March 29, as members encourage legislative action to address the TRS-Care retiree health insurance program shortfall and other vital issues!

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TRTA 64th Annual Convention Registration Deadline Nearing

Plans are underway for the 64th Annual TRTA Convention, which will be held in Austin March 27-28, 2017 at the Hilton (located at 500 E. 4th Street). This year, a truncated convention will occur on March 27 and 28, followed by a Day at the Capitol on March 29 where members will have the opportunity to visit one-on-one with their state Senators and Representatives! (Click here to read all about TRTA Day at the Capitol).

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TRTA Day at the Capitol Announced: March 29, 2017!

TRTA Day at the Capitol is set for Wednesday, March 29, 2017 on the heels of the 64th Annual TRTA Convention. Day at the Capitol raises awareness on Texas public education retirees’ most important issues and encourages immediate legislative action to address them.

TRTA is expecting a big crowd! District and local leaders are making transportation plans to visit Austin, and the TRTA staff is happy answer any questions you may have. Below are some important facts you need to know about TRTA Day at the Capitol. Please call 1.800.880.1650 or email info@trta.org with questions or comments.

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House Appropriations Subcommittee Hears Testimony From TRS, TRTA

Today, February 20, 2017, the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Article III listened to invited testimony from multiple state agencies, including the Teacher Retirement System of Texas (TRS), as well as public testimony.

The House budget bill will include funding for the TRS-Care retiree health insurance program. The Appropriations Subcommittee on Article III is responsible for education issues in the House budget.

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TRS-Care: All Member, Statewide Action Alert!

CLICK HERE TO CONTACT YOUR SENATOR: All TRTA members are asked send an email urging Senators to “Keep TRS-Care Affordable!”

The 85th Legislative Session began on January 10, 2017, and movement on issues impacting public education retirees is happening quickly! The Senate Finance Committee has met multiple times to discuss the TRS–Care health insurance program, and has appointed a special workgroup of Senators to focus solely on state-vested health care plans.

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