TRTA Day at the Capitol 2023 is in One Week! Invite Your Legislators!

The Texas Retired Teachers Association (TRTA) welcomes ALL of our members to our exciting Day at the Capitol event on Wednesday, April 12, 2023! Retired public educators are looking forward to meeting with legislators, advocating for a much-needed cost-of-living adjustment (COLA), and enjoying fellowship during an old-fashioned ice cream social on the East Lawn.

April 11 Special Activities

For those attendees coming in on April 11, TRTA has a very special evening planned, which includes guest speaker Dr. Ray Perryman! Dr. Perryman will be speaking from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. in the Governor’s Ballroom at the Hilton Austin downtown. This event is free for all TRTA members.

Perryman is a well-known economist, responsible for reporting many of the facts in the TRS Great Value for All Texans brochure. He has been called a “genius” by The Wall Street Journal, a “world class scholar” by Business Week, the “unofficial state economist” by The New York Times, “the most quoted man in Texas” by Texas Monthly, and “the conscience of Texas” by NPR. This is a FREE, must-see event!

At 6:00 p.m., an evening celebration will include inspiring comments from TRTA Executive Director Tim Lee, member recognitions, line dancing, games, a photo backdrop with props, as well as light finger foods, a cash bar, and water stations.

April 12 Day at the Capitol Event: What You Need to Know

As in years past, TRTA encourages members to WEAR RED on April 12! For members who cannot attend in person, please check your email on April 12, as TRTA will provide Action Alerts via the Inside Line you can send to your legislators inviting them to this important event! We will also provide links to the live webcasts of the House and Senate so that you can hear the resolutions honoring TRS retirees.

April 12, 2023 Projected Schedule:

7:00 a.m.-8:00 a.m. Please plan to arrive on the East Lawn and be sure to pick up your bag, materials, and a small bottle of water. Consider bringing snacks, as lines in the cafeteria can be very long. Here’s a map of the Capitol. TRTA will have printed copies of the map for attendees and copies of the ice cream social invitation.

8:00 a.m.-9:00 a.m. This is a great time to schedule visits with your legislators or their staff. Be sure to invite them to the ice cream social at Noon! Please use the Texas Legislature Online website to find contact information for your legislators.

9:30 a.m. Head to the House Gallery on the third floor to hear the resolution honoring TRS retirees. If the gallery is full, consider going to the Senate gallery instead.

10:30 a.m. Head to the Senate Gallery on the third floor to hear the resolution honoring TRS retirees.

12:00 p.m.-2:00 p.m. Head to the East Lawn to enjoy an old-fashioned ice cream social! Many legislators will also join us and will often speak and visit with constituents.

2:00 p.m. If you did not have a chance to visit with your legislator, this is a good time to do so and a great way to end a wonderful day!

Hotel, Parking, and Accessibility Information 

Hotel Accommodations:

  • Room reservations at the Austin downtown Hilton (500 East 4th Street, Austin, TX 78701) are full. To be added to the waitlist, please contact Ashley Jaramillo at
  • Free festivities will be held at the Hilton hotel on April 11, including guest speaker Dr. Ray Perryman at 4:30 p.m. and evening celebration at 6:00 p.m. A lively line dancing lesson will begin at 6:45 p.m., so don’t forget to pack your dancing shoes! Members do not need to be staying at the Hilton to attend these events.

Parking, Shuttle, and Bus Details:

  • Onsite parking at the Hilton is $20 per night, a discounted rate just for TRTA members. On April 12, TRTA will provide shuttle service from the Hilton to the Capitol and back (shuttles run continuously between 7:00 and 10:30 a.m., then again between 1:30 and 4:30 p.m.)
  • For those not staying at the Hilton and planning to attend the April 11 events, public parking is available at the Austin Convention Center Parking Garage located at 601 East 5th Street, Austin, TX 78701. The garage is a one-minute walk to the Hilton and rates are $10 for 1-6 hours and $15 for 6-10 hours.
  • For those riding in personal vehicles and traveling to Austin the morning of April 12, parking is available at the Capitol Visitors Parking Garage (1201 San Jacinto Blvd.) one block from the east lawn. Garage access is available on both 12th Street (off San Jacinto) and 13th street (off Trinity). Parking garage rates are free for the first 2 hours, $1 for each half hour thereafter, with a maximum daily charge of $12.
  • For groups riding to Day at the Capitol by chartered bus:
    • This guide shows the route for bus drivers to take after dropping off riders near the East Lawn to get to bus parking.
    • Click on this map to see the area on Trinity Street adjacent to Waterloo Park between the 12th and 15th blocks where buses may park for free.

Accessibility at the Capitol:

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