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Voters approve $3.45 billion to Teacher Retirement System of Texas

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*Results are complete, but unofficial

Voters approved to pass Proposition 9 (Prop 9) in the 2023 Election with 2,141,913 (83.73%) votes to approve and 416,191 (16.27%) votes to reject.

The amendment of Prop 9 to the Texas Constitution would create $3.45 billion to the Teacher Retirement System of Texas (TRS) to provide a cost-of-living-adjustment to eligible annuitants within TRS.

Annuitants are people who receive service retirement benefits, disability retirement benefits or death benefits from the TRS.

Prop 9 will also approve the allocation of money from the general public by the legislation to pay for the adjustment.

Prop 9 will provide a pay increase of up to 6% for nearly half a million annuitants in the Teacher Retirement System (TRS). Prop 9 will not only benefit teachers but other school staff members such as bus drivers, custodians and cafeteria workers.

Retired teachers in Texas have not received a cost-of-living adjustment since 2013, which only teachers who retired by 2004 were eligible for.

San Marcos Voter CJ Mattes approved the proposition because they grew up in a family of teachers.

“[Educators] are just given so little nowadays that anything we can do for them is great,” Mattes said.

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    Debbie MontellanoNov 19, 2023 at 9:44 pm

    The last time there was an increase in TX teacher retirement was in 2014 where you had to be retired for at least 10 years and could potentially get up to $100/month. I unfortunately did not qualify because I had been retired for only 3 years. So that means I have not, like so many others, not received any cost of living increases since 2011. So glad this passed!

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    Sharon MitchellNov 9, 2023 at 4:39 pm

    The State of Texas has NOT !! Given
    ANY Increase in Teacher Retirement…
    Since 2000″ !! NOT A PENNY!!
    PRAISE GOD — Our prayers are answered by Texas Voters!!