Topic: Benefits

Deteriorating health benefits for Texas school employees are just one part of a bigger story

The April 20 Hotline reported the continuing health-care cost increases and benefit cuts facing current Texas school employees, spotlighting the damage incurred by TRS-ActiveCare participants as a result of stagnant state contributions that cover less and less of the costs. An upcoming Hotline will fill in the details of the damage, but first let’s recognize that this latest hit is...

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They Can Run, But They Can’t Hide—Call Your U.S. Senators This Week About a Bad Health-Care Bill

Senators are home for July Fourth recess this week, and many Republican senators are refusing to hold town halls because they know voters are outraged over the cruel health-care bill their party leaders are trying to ram through the Senate. They can run, but they can’t hide. Call your senators’ state offices now and demand they oppose Trumpcare. Even though...

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Interim Pension Studies Set Stage for State Legislative Action in 2017

The framework for a much-needed infusion of state health-care funding this year for retired school employees, forestalling significant premium increases and benefit cuts, was set by interim House committee hearings in 2014. Hence it gets our attention when we see what House Speaker Joe Straus has asked the House Pensions Committee to study during the current interim leading up to...

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Interim Studies on State Spending Issues Afford Early Warning of What’s to Come

Former Lt. Gov. Bill Hobby used to say that the only must-pass bill the legislature ever considers is the budget, and the rest is poetry. With that axiom in mind, take a look at some of the interim-study assignments given by the presiding officers in the Texas House and Texas Senate to their respective budget-writing committees. They are harbingers of...

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Pension Crisis?

Pension Crisis? Well-funded corporate interests are investing tons of money in efforts to convince Americans that public pension systems are in crisis, cannot be sustained, and can easily be replaced by 401(k)-style individual retirement accounts. Their bogus arguments to date have gained little traction in Texas, where legislators have acted responsibly by keeping up required contributions to pension funds like...

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