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08 Oct 2021
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Hotel Reservations For The TRTA 68th Convention Are Now Open! 

The Texas Retired Teachers Association’s (TRTA) convention will be held April 11–13, 2022 at the Hilton Anatole on 2201 North Stemmons Freeway in Dallas.  The group rate is $189 per night (excluding tax) for a single, double, triple, or quad room, and the limit is 2 rooms per person. Parking is offered at a discounted rate of $5 per night for hotel guests only.

To book your hotel reservation, please click here. Online reservations through the link are the preferred method to guarantee that you will receive the TRTA discounted rate.

Please be advised when booking that the hotel will offer you the option to add the resort fee of $25 per night to your reservation. This fee includes amenities such as spa services and is not necessary for most convention attendees. You may either skip or opt out of the resort fee to avoid being charged. The hotel booking policy is that a first-night deposit is required upon booking and cancellations made within 72 hours of arrival will forfeit one night’s room and tax fees.

If you wish to call the central reservation line to book your room by phone, you may call 1-800-HILTONS (1-800-445-8667) and reference code “TRT.” You should also mention the group name and dates of the conference. This method is the least preferred, as booking through the secure link provides the highest level of accuracy to reserve within the TRTA block.

A complete schedule of events is not yet available. Most attendees should plan to arrive on Monday, April 11 and depart on Wednesday, April 13 following the House of Delegates.

If you have any questions or need assistance with booking your hotel reservation you may contact Ashley Jaramillo, TRTA Event Planner at ashley@trta.org or 512-650-6484.

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03 Sep 2021
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HB 5 Passes House, Retirees to Receive Supplemental Payment, Facebook Live 11:30 a.m.

Yesterday, September 2, House Bill 5 passed the Legislature. HB 5 includes $701 million in general revenue funds to provide a supplemental payment to retirees.

As members of the Texas Retired Teachers Association (TRTA) may recall, Senate Bill 7, the bill that would authorize a supplemental payment to eligible Teacher Retirement System of Texas (TRS) retirees, passed third reading on the House floor by 125-0 in the Texas Legislature on Monday, August 30. The bill is now on its way to Governor Abbott’s desk to be signed into law!

What it means. SB 7 authorizes a supplemental payment to retired educators equal to the lesser of a retiree’s current monthly annuity or $2,400 dollars. HB 5 is significant because it funds the supplemental payment through the Legislature’s general revenue appropriations. The supplemental payment will be made to retirees without having a negative impact on the TRS pension fund. The health of the pension fund is critical for any future attempts to give retirees a much-needed cost-of-living adjustment (COLA).

When will the supplemental payment be made. Now that funding has been passed, retirees can expect to receive their supplemental payment on or before January 31, 2022. TRS will soon announce how this may roll out as they take into consideration various tax issues that may impact members. We will keep you all posted as information becomes available.

What you can do. TRTA is pleased that SB 7 and HB 5 have passed and that retirees are now able to receive some much-needed financial relief.

Send a note of gratitude to your legislators using this Action Alert!

We have worked in both special sessions to help get these bills passed. We know many TRTA members want a COLA, and TRTA will continue to support legislative action to address a COLA for retired educators as soon as possible.

Thank You!

Please stay tuned to the Inside Line for news, as well as information about bills that are filed and urgent Action Alerts that will be needed on our vital issues!

As many of you have mentioned in your emails to us, TRTA’s work on the WEP and GPO is underway even while we are working on the supplemental increase. We are engaged with Congressional leaders and our state and national partners to help pass WEP reform immediately.

TRTA members, please pay your membership dues. Help us keep TRTA strong! TRTA focuses solely on your TRS retirement security! The $35 annual membership fee you invest in TRTA is money well spent. It keeps this organization strong, active, vocal, and visible here in Texas and in Washington, DC!

Please join us today! If you’re already a member, be sure to renew your dues.

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30 Aug 2021
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Senate Bill 7 On Its Way to the Governor! ACTION ALERT INCLUDED!

Senate Bill 7, the bill that would provide a supplemental payment to eligible Teacher Retirement System of Texas (TRS) retirees, passed third reading on the House floor by 125-0 in the Texas Legislature on Monday, August 30. The bill is now on its way to Governor Abbott’s desk to be signed into law!

The supplemental appropriations bills, HB 5 / SB 11, which include the $701 million in general revenue funds to provide the payment are currently pending.

What it means. SB 7 authorizes a supplemental payment to retired educators equal to the lesser of a retiree’s current monthly annuity or $2,400 dollars. Having now passed both the Texas Senate and House, the bill can be sent to Governor Greg Abbott for his signature.

The last step to ensuring that eligible TRS retirees receive their supplemental payment is passing HB 5 / SB 11 in both the House and the Senate. As the Texas Retired Teachers Association (TRTA) has mentioned before, the payment will come from the state’s general fund, meaning it will not affect the actuarial status of the TRS pension fund.

What you can do. Click here to send an email to your Senator and Representative, thanking them for their support of SB 7 and asking for their support of HB 5 / SB 11!

TRTA supports SB 7 and HB 5 / SB 11. We have worked in both special sessions to help get these bills passed. We are asking our members to stay tuned to TRTA updates as we monitor the progress of HB 5 / SB 11, so that we can ensure funding for SB 7 is obtained. The bills are nearing the final set of hurdles as the second special session draws to a close.

TRTA will continue to support legislative action to address a cost-of-living increase for retired educators as soon as possible.

Thank You!

Please stay tuned to the Inside Line for news, as well as information about bills that are filed and urgent Action Alerts that will be needed on our vital issues!

As many of you have mentioned in your emails to us, TRTA’s work on the WEP and GPO is underway even while we are working on the supplemental increase. We are engaged with Congressional leaders and our state and national partners to help pass WEP reform immediately.

TRTA members, please pay your membership dues. Help us keep TRTA strong! TRTA focuses solely on your TRS retirement security! The $35 annual membership fee you invest in TRTA is money well spent. It keeps this organization strong, active, vocal, and visible here in Texas and in Washington, DC!

Please join us today! If you’re already a member, be sure to renew your dues.

Thank you for being a member of TRTA and supporting issues that affect retired Texas public school personnel. Be sure to download the TRTA app to receive all of the latest updates and communicate with your fellow retirees.

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