The Texas Retired Teachers Association (TRTA) sponsored “TRTA Day at the Capitol” on March 23 in Austin.

Ten members from the Tri-County Retired Teachers Association were among the 800 public education retirees from all over the state of Texas who attended the event. Tri-County RTA members traveled by bus with other members from District II.

They were introduced and honored in the House and Senate Chambers by Representative Vicki Truitt and Senator Robert Duncan.

Senator Juan “Chuy” Hinojosa also recognized the Tri-County RTA members during the senate meeting and visited with them afterwards. Members had the opportunity to ask questions and express concerns regarding bills affecting TRS-Care and Pension Fund.

Members also stressed the importance of maintaining the defined benefit pension plan for current and future public education retirees

“Retired educators have not received a cost of living increase in 10 years, and we are devastated with the news that the proposed budget may cut contributions to our TRS pension fund and our TRS-Care health program,” said Elva G. Garcia, Tri-County RTA President 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. TRTA is dedicated to working with Legislators on behalf of all retired public education employees.

Their critical decisions on these issues will affect the quality of life for these retirees.         

– Submitted