Election Day is Tomorrow!

Tomorrow, Tuesday, November 6, 2018 is General Election day! We know many members and friends of the Texas Retired Teachers Association (TRTA) early voted between October 22 and November 2. In fact, voter turnout in Texas has soared beyond the turnout for the most recent midterm election held in 2014! Per the Texas Tribune, “preliminary […]

TRS Retirees Deserve Better Video: Cost-of-Living Adjustment

The last time TRS retirees received a cost-of-living increase was in 2013—five years ago. It was a three percent cost-of-living increase, capped at $100 per month, and it only went to TRS retirees who retired before September 1st, 2004. If you retired after that date, 14 years ago, you’ve never seen a cost-of-living increase during […]

TRS Retirees Deserve Better Video: Defined Benefits

The TRS traditional defined benefit plan is the best type of retirement plan for public education retirees. The defined benefit plan is a secure and healthy pension plan. It’s intended to provide a lifetime annuity. It differs from defined contribution plans, 401(k)s, that provide only a sum-certain amount. TRS has never missed a payment to […]

TRS Hosting Fall TRS-Care Information Sessions

Over the next month, the Teacher Retirement System of Texas (TRS) is hosting online and in-person informational seminars about the TRS-Care retiree health insurance program. TRS and its health partners are hosting these information sessions for TRS-Care retirees and their families. Though there are no changes to TRS-Care health plans in 2019, the information sessions […]

Early Voting Begins Today (October 22): Educator Voting Day!

Early voting for the General Election begins today, Monday, October 22, 2018 and continues through Friday, November 2. Please make a plan to vote early! We encourage you to support your local educators and new student voters by voting today: Texas Educator Voting Day. Texas Educators Vote and many other education organizations across Texas are […]

TRS Retirees Deserve Better Video: Rate of Return

The Teacher Retirement System of Texas revised its rate of return assumption on July 27th. The rate of return assumption is a measure used by TRS to project investment returns. The TRS board voted lower its rate of return assumption from 8 percent to 7.25 percent. This lowered assumption will not affect the amount of […]

TRTA Releases New Video Series: “TRS Retirees Deserve Better!”

Last Day to Register to Vote! Today is the last day to register to vote! TRTA wants to see all of its members out at the voting polls. You can register to vote here. Read a special message from TRTA’s Informative & Protective Services committee about the importance of voting! New Video Series The 86th […]

WHY VOTE? Because Retirees Deserve Better!

As many of our members know, Mr. Bill Barnes has served on the TRTA legislative committee as its Coordinator and Chair for many years. Working side-by-side with Executive Director Tim Lee, Bill has represented the voices of retirees across the state by making hundreds of visits to the Capitol and meeting with every legislator. Although […]

BREAKING: WEP Legislation Filed by Congressman Brady

Congressman Kevin Brady (R – The Woodlands) has filed legislation to replace the Windfall Elimination Provision (WEP) with a formula equalizing benefits for certain individuals with non-covered employment. The bill is labeled HR 6933, and it is a bipartisan bill co-authored by Richie Neal (D- MA). The Windfall Elimination Provision (WEP) is an unfair federal […]

Countdown to the General Election: A Simple Plan

The November 6 mid-term General Election is shaping up with many good candidates and considerable political fodder for marketing gurus. When you hear the next amazing fact that sounds too good to be true or an out-of-context statement excoriating a political opponent, remember it is the job of marketing experts to make their candidate appear […]