Legislative Updates

Welcome to Foundation Month

Foundation Month, designated by the Texas Retired Teachers Association (TRTA) Board of Directors as November, is a time to increase awareness of our charitable partner organization’s programs, good deeds, and plans for the future!

Foundation Month is also when the Texas Retired Teachers Foundation (TRTF) makes its annual call for donations. It is a time to give back to the education community and reflect on the great legacy of public education.

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Thank You For Getting Out the Vote In 2016

TRTA would like to extend its sincerest gratitude to the education community for all of its hard work during the 2016 election cycle. From the primaries to yesterday’s election, retired and active educators worked tirelessly throughout the state to send informed voters to the polls and promote active participation in our democracy.

Thank you for spreading the word to family, friends and the education community at large, and for volunteering in countless ways to help other Americans vote. Most of all, thank you for getting out the vote.

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TRTA Member ALERT: Medicare Part B Premiums to Rise in 2017!

Members of the Texas Retired Teachers Association (TRTA) may have heard that premiums for Medicare Part B, which covers doctor visits and other outpatient care, are projected to rise in January 2017.

Our members may recall that last year, due to there being no cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) for Social Security beneficiaries, premiums were estimated to increase by 50 percent for 2016 for about 30 percent of Medicare Part B participants. That situation was rectified, in part, by a one-time infusion of funds from Congress in the amount of $7.5 billion. Premiums still increased for many participants from the standard $104.90 monthly rate to $121.80 in 2016, however.

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Congressman Brady Talks HR 711, WEP with Retirees

On Thursday, November 3, members, officers and personnel of the Texas Retired Teachers Association (TRTA), including Executive Director Tim Lee, joined Congressman Kevin Brady for a conference call regarding his bill, H.R. 711, the Equal Protection for Public Servants Act.

Congressman Brady discussed his efforts to repeal the Windfall Elimination Provision (WEP) and provided an update about the current status of this important piece of legislation. Brady’s bill, which he co-authored with Congressman Richard Neal of Massachusetts, would replace the current WEP formula with a new, fairer one.

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Texas Educators Come Together to Get Out the Vote

Early voting continues in Texas this week through Friday, November 4. We know many members of the Texas Retired Teachers Association (TRTA) have made it to the polls already, and many more will cast their votes soon.

Election day is next Tuesday, November 8, but we recommend that all members avoid those longer lines and vote early!

TRTA is proud to partner with Texas Educators Vote, and we encourage all retired and active educators to take the oath to vote! We also encourage our retired members to volunteer at polling locations, or even at their local schools.

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Congressman Brady Asks for Our Help with HR 711

Congressman Kevin Brady, Chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee and co-author of H.R. 711, the Equal Treatment of Public Servants Act, released an article today after receiving feedback from thousands of Americans about how the Windfall Elimination Provision (WEP) impacts them.

As many members of the Texas Retired Teachers Association (TRTA) know, we have been working closely with Congressman Brady, Congressman Richard Neal, and numerous advocacy groups to pass the bill, which would eliminate the current arbitrary WEP formula and replace it with a new, fairer calculation.

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Early Voting Begins Next Week!

The members of the Texas Retired Teachers Association (TRTA) are civic-minded and passionate about education and retirement issues. That’s why so many of you are making plans to get out and vote early for the upcoming November General Election!

Early voting begins Monday, October 24, 2016 and continues through Friday, November 4, 2016. The last day to request a ballot by mail is October 28. 

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Voter Registration Deadline Approaching, New Fact Sheet to Share with Candidates!

As the November General Election draws nearer, members of the Texas Retired Teachers Association (TRTA) are making plans now to get to the polls!

If you are not yet registered to vote, please know that the last day to register to vote in Texas is Tuesday, October 11. Register today by clicking here

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New TRTATV Episode: Speaker Series – Brock Gregg

Brock Gregg joined the Texas Retired Teachers Association (TRTA) as the Administrative Coordinator in April. Previously, he has worked with the Association of Texas Professional Educators (ATPE).

He joined TRTA’s Government Relations Hope Osborn on TRTATV to discuss the issues active educators are facing as the 85th Texas Legislature approaches. Retirees and actives share a mutual interest in continuing the good work of public education, as they both pay into and are serviced by the Teacher Retirement System of Texas (TRS).

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Notice: Texas Retired Teachers Foundation Donation Request Error

Recently, the Texas Retired Teachers Foundation (TRTF)—the charitable arm of the Texas Retired Teachers Association (TRTA)—mailed out a special request for donations to its generous donors as part of their annual appeal to raise funds for several valuable programs.

Thousands of members of TRTA are dedicated to the causes supported by TRTF, such as the retiree assistance program “A Helping Hand,” classroom assistance grants for Texas public school teachers, and the newly established Beginning Teacher Scholarship program for recent college graduates who are about to begin their careers in education.

Unfortunately, an error was made when the special request for donations was mailed, due to a mistake in sorting by the print company utilized by TRTF.

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