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Here's Your 2017 Legislative Roundup

Posted by Tom Mellish, Executive Director, IRTA on May 18, 2017 6:06:53 PM

Dear Members:

There were 1,179 bills filed, 525 presented in the Senate and 654 in the House.

Twenty four pension-related bills were filed and 10 of those effected teacher pensions. Nine of those bills died in the General Assembly although one bill had its language resurrected in HB1001, the Budget Bill, at the very end of session.

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Find Your Voice on Legislative Issues

Posted by Tom Mellish, Executive Director, IRTA on Dec 19, 2016 8:00:00 AM

As the 2017 General Assembly craft their biennial (two-year) budget, Indiana Retired Teacher Association members should remind their legislators how much retired educators support their communities. You have not seen an increase in your pensions since 2008.

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What to Consider Before Voting

Posted by Tom Mellish, Executive Director, IRTA on Nov 28, 2016 9:11:14 AM

 The Indiana Retired Teachers Association (IRTA) is focused on the election season and we hope that you are as well. 

A “good voter” is a term used to describe an active and informed member of the voting community. While there are several key factors in exercising our voter muscle, the first is that we always vote!


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Indiana Teacher Retirement Fund 101

Posted by Indiana Retired Teachers Association on Oct 10, 2016 9:06:42 PM

Another Indiana General Assembly biennial budget is approaching, and once again the state’s financial health will be under the microscope.

Undoubtedly, teacher pensions will get another look. What that means to Indiana’s 144,000 active, inactive and retired teachers and their beneficiaries remains to be seen.

To help keep your retirement benefits in perspective, it’s helpful to know a little history about Indiana’s Teacher Retirement Fund and it’s more than $10.5 billion in assets.

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State Budget Surplus Should Fund PSF

Posted by Tom Mellish, Executive Director, IRTA on Jul 27, 2016 2:30:40 PM

After reading Indiana Gov. Mike Pence’s press release on July 25, 2016, I ask that you join me in emailing or writing him to suggest what he should do with the state's $50 million dollar budget surplus.

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Key Factors in Becoming a Good Voter

Posted by Tom Mellish, Executive Director, IRTA on Apr 20, 2016 2:56:50 PM

The Indiana Retired Teachers Association (IRTA) is focused on the election season and we hope that our members are as well. 

A “good voter” is a term used to describe an active and informed member of the voting community. While there are several key factors in exercising our voter muscle, the first is that we always vote!

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An Insider's View of Lobbying

Posted by Tom Mellish, Executive Director, IRTA on Feb 18, 2016 10:04:00 AM

So you think the world of politics is exciting and you can change the world?

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