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April 3, 2011

Retired educators journey to Texas Capitol

AUSTIN — The Texas Retired Teachers Association sponsored “TRTA Day at the Capitol” on March 23 in Austin. Over 500 retired public education retirees from all over the state attended the event. Retirees arrived by buses and private cars. They were introduced and honored in the House and Senate Chambers by Representative Vicki Truitt and Senator Robert Duncan.

TRTA hosted an old-fashioned ice cream social on the Capitol’s east lawn. Legislators and their staff mingled and visited with the retired educators. After the social, a “Rally on the South Steps” was held.

“Retired educators have not a permanent increase in 10 years, and we are alarmed with the news that the proposed budget may cut contributions to our TRS pension fund and our TRS-Care health program,” said Richard Briggs, Legislative Chair of District V.

The retired educators met with their Legislators on the budget crisis and pending legislation.  TRTA’S priorities this session include that the legislature continue to fund the TRS-Care health program at 1% and the TRS pension trust fund at 6.64%.  Members also stress the importance of maintaining the defined benefit pension plan for current and future public education retirees.

TRTA is dedicated to working with Legislators on behalf of all public retired education employees. Their critical decisions on these issues will affect the quality of life for these retirees.

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