“TRS will not take a position on House Bill 6258. It is the legislature’s job to dictate the laws and rules that govern TRS and other public pension systems. The job of TRS is to administer those laws and work to secure the System’s finances so that the promises made to generations of teachers by the General Assembly can be kept” (Dick Ingram, December 6, 2012)
Mr. Ingram, is it a “Shared Sacrifice” when a governor rolls back the billionaire’s and millionaire’s taxes and then lacerates the state’s school budget while also attempting to diminish a public employee’s pension? Is it a “Shared Sacrifice” when, for most teachers, their pension plan is their only retirement subsidy because they cannot receive Social Security benefits? Is it a “Shared Sacrifice” when legislators and their lawyers want to change an existing contract, one that is not made compulsory on them, to one that forces teachers to accept an “impairment and diminishment” of their constitutionally-guaranteed pension and retirement rights?