Retired teachers hear Rep. Farney at meeting
Milam County Retired Teachers Association met with their Williamson County counterparts in the Thorndale ISD board room to visit with House District 20 Representative Marsha Farney on April 24. MCRTA president Jamie Larson called the meeting of approximately 30 combined members to order. Thorndale ISD superintendent Craig Spinn welcomed the group. After a brief was given to Representative Farney.
Rep. Farney reviewed the work of the 83rd Legislature’s work to make the retirement fund (TRS) actuarially sound by adding funding through state, school and teachers contributions. With the adjustments, some retirees were able to get a cost of living increase, one that had not occurred in twelve years. It was also noted that because the fund is now actuarially secure, all working teachers, custodians, bus drivers, cafeteria workers secretaries and other school personnel would be guaranteed a pension for life.
Farney then reviewed the next challenge for the Texas Retired Teachers Association, Classroom Teacher groups and the Legislature. Farney said that the teacher and retiree insurance plan was approaching a $1 billion shortfall by 2015.
“TRTA is the most visible and dependable groups to work with in the legislature,” Farney said. “You tell us your needs, you have done your research, you have a plan and tenacity”. She also noted that TRTA is one of the only groups that send “thank you” notes when the legislature does something good.
There was a short question and answer time. The group acknowledged the hard work and friendship of Rep. Farney’s chief of staff Chris Duke who was also present at the meeting. MCRTA presented door prizes, birthday greetings and all members shared “brag” time by making a donation to the MCRTA “Books for Children” fund.
After the meeting adjourned the Williamson and Milam friends gathered at the Downtown Café in Thorndale for lunch. MCRTA would like to thank WCRTA President, Melissa Jones and Unit Legislative Chairman Larry Yawn for encouraging their members to join us. We also thank Supt. Craig Spinn and his staff for providing coffee and water and their famous hospitality.