The Texas Retired Teachers Association (TRTA) is so grateful for its members, who continue to be proactive and focused on pertinent issues this legislative session!
This meeting is just the beginning of budget discussions that will go on for the next five months regarding TRS-Care and the pension fund! Every Senator must be informed about TRS-Care’s looming shortfall.
Public comment will be welcome at the meeting as well. If you wish to attend or speak, please arrive at the meeting tomorrow (Tuesday, January 24, 2017) no later than 8:30 a.m. in room E1.036 of the Texas Capitol. A live broadcast of the meeting will be viewable on your computer from this link once the meeting begins at 9:00 a.m.
TRTA Membership Continues to Grow!
TRTA has grown to more than 81,000 members! Thank you for being a part of our organization and helping us advocate for the 375,000 retirees of the Teacher Retirement System of Texas (TRS) and the 1,000,000-plus pre-retirees (active educators) who will also count on TRS for their retirement security one day!
If you know of a fellow retiree who is not yet a member, please encourage them to join us! Each new member helps us work for better TRS-Care funding and for improved benefits such as cost-of-living increases!
Many members have asked us about our legislative agenda for this very busy session. TRS-Care funding, which impacts 260,000 retirees and dependents, is a top priority this year. Additionally, we are looking at opportunities for cost-of-living increases or supplemental payments to help put more money back into your pocketbook.
Work has begun already on our federal issues as well. Congressman Kevin Brady continues to be a strong advocate for repeal of the Windfall Elimination Provision (WEP), and is in the process of filing legislation for this congressional cycle. TRTA will visit Washington, D.C. in February, meeting with your Congressmen about the WEP, as well as the Government Pension Offset (GPO).
This week, members of the TRTA State Legislative Committee begin coming to Austin to meet one-on-one with State Senators and Representatives and their staff, and will start hand-delivering your personal letters. Thank you for the thousands of members who have taken the time to share their experiences on paper. Your words matter! If you have not yet sent in your letter, you may download a template here.
Please mail your letters to: TRTA, Attn: TRS-Care, 313 E. 12th Street, Suite 200, Austin, TX 78701. If you are not sure who your Texas State Senator and Texas State Representative are, please visit this link and enter your address to find out who represents you.
Thank you for your membership to TRTA. If you are not yet a member, we need you to help us protect your retirement security. Please join TRTA today!