Pension Crisis

Retired TX Teachers Reject Effort To Fund Health Plan

Don't want taxpayers noticing just how much money is at stake


But in a twist reported by The Texas Tribune, the Texas Retired Teachers Association is snubbing the 11 Republican freshmen, instead endorsing two other amendments and advising lawmakers to follow their leadership.

The association acknowledges "that TRS-Care is facing a future funding crisis," but expresses confidence that lawmakers will address the issue "when the time is right."

Apparently, the teachers' association would rather not draw attention to a massive financial problem that both parties have been happy to ignore. The teachers' position may seem counter-intuitive, but they know they'll get their money. Their problem is that once voters realize just how much that is, their benefits will end up getting cut.