April 2017

Budget Conference Committee Named

Posted on 4/21/2017
Speaker of the House Joe Straus and Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick have named the members of the budget conference committee charged with crafting a compromise between the budgets passed by the House and Senate.

Comparing the House and Senate Budgets

Posted on 4/12/2017
The outlook for active and retired state employees in the House and Senate budgets is mixed given the realities of the financial shortfall. The two budgets take a similar approach to benefits and compensation.

Letter to the Editor: Recognize State Employee Contributions

Posted on 4/11/2017
"As legislators make critical decisions about state government within a 140-day window, it’s important to acknowledge the contributions of the nearly 150,000 state employees who carry out the Legislature’s assigned missions 365 days a year."

Senate Passes Bill to End Payroll Deduction of Membership Dues

Posted on 4/3/2017
SB 13 carves out police, firefighter and EMT unions while prohibiting nonunion, Texas-only organizations such as TPEA from collecting membership dues via payroll deduction.

Open Letter from Current ERS Board Member Brian Ragland

Posted on 4/3/2017
"I have known and worked with board candidate Benito Ybarra since he joined the Texas Department of Transportation, and I can tell you that he has the demonstrated skills, temperament and mindset to serve you on the ERS Board of Trustees."