What’s happening around our state

By Sen. Robert Nichols, Senate District 3 

 

Don't forget the deadline to register to vote in the upcoming November election is October 9th. Early voting will be from October 22nd through November 6th. If you have not registered to vote or have questions about your registration, Please visit www.votetexas.gov or call 1.800.252.VOTE (8683). Here are five things happening around your state this month: 1. Teacher Retirement System In August, the Teacher Retirement System of Texas Board of Trustees considered raising the premiums by $50 a month for TRS-Care, which is the health insurance program provided to retired teachers in the state.

This was proposed, due to a projection in August that TRS would have a $410 million shortfall in their budget in fiscal year 2021 if premiums were not raised. While TRS has put into place cost containment measures to lower this shortfall, measures must be taken to ensure it is made whole. With the premiums not being raised, the Legislature must come back during the upcoming legislative session, as they have in previous sessions, and find ways to adequately funds TRS-Care and cover the shortfall. I will be working very closely with other members of the Legislature to ensure we are providing the benefits these teachers have earned.

 

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