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March 12, 2019
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GUILLEN AIMS TO INCREASE BENEFITS FOR RETIRED TEXAS TEACHERS
AUSTIN - As an author of multiple legislative measures, State Rep. Ryan Guillen (D-Rural South Texas) is working to increase benefits for retired Texas teachers.
"Not only is it important that we pay current teachers what they deserve, but we need to pay retirees a living wage as well," stated Guillen. "The fixed income that our retired teachers receive is no longer allowing them to live comfortably and within their means due to a rise in the cost-of-living."
The first measure proposed to combat this issue would call for an adjustment to increase the amount paid by the Teachers Retirement System of Texas (TRS) for both monthly healthcare benefits, as well as annual cost-of-living. HB 593 calls for the TRS board of trustees to complete a study on the out-of-pocket costs currently being paid by retirees to determine the appropriate method or formula. Guillen is also an author of a bill that would help to prevent the issue from reoccurring in the future through the establishment of a yearly evaluation to be conducted on inflation and its effect on retired teachers. The results would help to determine if the TRS program was still operating effectively or if an increase may be necessary for the following year's pension.
HB 2294 & HB 2295, two other measures Guillen is an author of, would provide an increase in the amount of money that the state contributes to funding the group insurance program for retired school employees and the other for funding the Teachers Retirement System of Texas.
"It is not only our duty to provide adequate support to those who have already retired, but we also owe it to those who will rely on these resources in the future," Guillen remarked. "The quality of Texas public education is at stake here."
Serving ten rural South Texas counties in the Texas House of Representatives, Ryan Guillen is known for his hard work, fierce independence, and relentless efforts for South Texas families. Recently, Capitol Inside called him a “House Bill Machine,” and a “one-person assembly line for legislation.” Since elected, few other legislators have passed more bills than Guillen. Sign up for updates at ryanguillen.com, facebook.com/representative.guillen, and twitter.com/ryanguillen