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27 Oct
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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.

Congressman Brady includes quotes from various public employee retirees in the article, and is calling on public servants from across the nation to continue sending in their stories and fighting for HR 711.

If you are public servant who is or will be impacted by the unfair WEP, please share your story today!

Your stories are vital, as Brady continues to work on HR 711, which was postponed indefinitely until agreement from all affected public servant groups could be found.

Help Congressman Brady enhance and promote HR 711! CLICK HERE to share how the WEP has impacted you, or send an email to WEP.feedback@mail.house.gov.

If you have friends, family members, or colleagues who reside in other states and are impacted by the WEP, please reach out to them and ask them to share their stories as well! We must have a national movement to create traction for WEP reform.

For more information about why the WEP is so unfair, you can read Congressman Brady’s blog entry online by clicking here. You can also CLICK HERE to learn how Social Security benefits are calculated and how the WEP is applied.

Members, we want you to know that progress on the WEP is not lost; in fact, the CLOCK IS TICKING. We have no time to waste to get H.R. 711 back on track for a committee vote! Sharing your story will go a long way towards helping HR 711 succeed!

Thank You

We would like to thank our members, our national coalition partners and all those who have made phone calls and sent letters on this issue. We will be asking for your help again in the very near future, and we ask for your patience and continued support.

TRTA especially thanks Chairman Brady for his tireless work on the bill, as well as Congressman Neal for his steadfast support and passionate plea for all groups to come together in agreement.

TRTA will continue to provide national leadership and help others come to the table on this critical issue. Please be sure to follow us on FacebookTwitter and YouTube for all the latest legislative news.

If you are not already a member of TRTA, please join today. Only by working together will we be able to resolve the WEP. If you are already a member, please encourage your fellow retirees to join and renew.

TRTA is ready to get to work on finding agreement with advocacy groups across the country, and will do so tirelessly until our members and public service retirees across the nation receive financial relief!

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17 Oct
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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. 

You may have heard on the news or read online about the surge in voter registrations happening this election cycle. “Texas has a record-breaking 15 million people registered to vote ahead of the November election,” according to the Texas Tribune.

While this is great news, it also means there will be very long lines on Election Day! We encourage all of our members and our friends in the active educator community to make voting a top priority and make a plan to 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 to allow very busy teachers an opportunity to go vote.

Locating Early Voting Sites

You will be able to find early voting locations by using the search site Am I Registered?, which will be populated with voting sites a few days before early voting begins. Or, you may want to contact the Early Voting Clerk for State and County Elections in your county. Also, many newspapers publish early voting and Election Day polling locations, so you may be able to find the information there.

Local unit leaders, activate your phone trees and remind your members about early voting schedules. Check with members who you think may need a ride to the polling location and offer to start a carpool on an early voting day!

Who to Vote For

Elections determine policy outcomes. They are the biggest factor in determining what happens during the Texas Legislative Session. We must elect officials who see the value in not only the TRS defined benefit plan, but our other valuable retirement benefits as well!

The Senators and Representatives who are elected during this cycle will have the enormous responsibility of deciding the future of TRS-Care. If nothing is done during the next Legislative Session to protect TRS-Care, participants in the program could see massive premium increases or changes in benefits, or both!

Many statewide races may have been decided during the March primaries, but there are still several competitive races on the ballot. Click on the links below to review Texas Senate and Texas House of Representatives races.

Click here to find Texas State Senate races.

Click here to find Texas State House of Representatives races.

Take some time now to visit your legislators in their district offices and contact any candidates to share this TRTA Fact Sheet with them. Ask them for their support of initiatives that provide our education retirees and pre-retirees with financial security and affordable, quality health care!

Still not sure who to vote for? Below are some resources TRTA recommends to help you conduct research on candidates. We also encourage you to visit a TRTA local unit and ask your fellow retirees who they are voting for and why!

Teach the Vote
Texas Educators Vote
Texas Teachers Vote
Texas Parent PAC
Texas League of Women Voters
Texas Tribune

Thank You

Thank you for being a member of TRTA! If you are not a member and are interested in joining, please contact our Membership Department at 1.800.880.1650.

Protecting your retirement benefits is one of TRTA’s top priorities, and your participation makes all the difference! Be sure to stay tuned to our other digital mediums to stay informed on all the latest news and updates. Like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and subscribe to our YouTube channel.

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

(Editor’s note: Last week this Inside Line was delivered with a fact sheet that featured the incorrect use of a term. This fact sheet has been corrected, and you may download it below.)

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!

If you are not sure if you are registered or want to verify that your voting information is correct (such as your address), please click here! The Texas Secretary of State websiteis a great resource for locating your polling place, as well as early voting locations.

Though many elections in Texas are decided during the Primary Election season, there are still several important races in November that will determine who our state legislators will be.

Click here to find Texas State Senate races.

Click here to find Texas State House of Representatives races.

TRTA is proud to partner with Texas Educators Vote, and we encourage all retired and active educators to take the oath to vote! Elections determine policy outcomes! They are the biggest factor in determining what happens during the Texas Legislative Session.

The Senators and Representatives who are elected during this cycle will have the enormous responsibility of deciding the future of TRS-Care. If nothing is done during the next Legislative Session to TRS-Care, participants in the program could see massive premium increases or changes in benefits, or both!

We must elect officials who see the value in not only the TRS defined benefit plan, but our other valuable retirement benefits as well!


85TH LEGISLATIVE FACT SHEET

We need your help NOW to educate candidates on TRTA’s most pressing issues for the coming session. Take some time now to visit your legislators in their district offices and contact any candidates to share this TRTA Fact Sheet with them.


To find out who your current legislators are and to receive their contact information, click here!

TRTA encourages its members to talk to each other! Local unit leaders, activate your phone trees and remind your members about early voting schedules. Early voting begins Monday, October 24, 2016 and continues through Friday, November 4, 2016.Vote early to avoid those long lines that come with the territory during a presidential election cycle!

Check with members who you think may need a ride to the polling location and offer to start a carpool on an early voting day!

Still not sure who to vote for? We recommend the following resources to help you conduct research on candidates:

Teach the Vote
Texas Educators Vote
Texas Teachers Vote
Texas Parent PAC
Texas League of Women Voters
Texas Tribune

Thank You

Thank you for being a member of TRTA! If you are not a member and are interested in joining, please contact our Membership Department at 1.800.880.1650.

Protecting your retirement benefits is one of TRTA’s top priorities, and your participation makes all the difference! Be sure to stay tuned to our other digital mediums to stay informed on all the latest news and updates. Like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and subscribe to our YouTube channel.

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