What’s next?

A look ahead at the interim and 2016 elections

The 84th legislative session might be over, but TPEA’s advocacy on behalf of state employees and retirees never stops. We greatly appreciate those state employees and retirees who support TPEA’s efforts with their TPEA membership. Our focus now turns to preparing for the 2016 elections, working with agencies as they implement legislation affecting state employees and retirees, and educating lawmakers about TPEA’s nonunion philosophy and legislative positions.

Most notably, we will continue our work to shine light on the lagging compensation and high turnover within the state workforce. In April, we released the results of a TPEA survey that revealed that nearly 12 percent of the state workforce received some form of public assistance in the past 12 months. (TPEA Executive Director Gary W. Anderson discussed these results in an April 23 Austin American-Statesman op-ed.) The state’s ability to carry out its mission depends on its ability to attract and retain a stable, experienced workforce, and this ability is significantly hindered by lagging compensation. In the interim, we must work to educate lawmakers about the challenges facing the state workforce.