Recent Blog Posts

2017 ERS Election Results Announced

Posted on 5/11/2017
Congratulations to Catherine Melvin, the newest member of the ERS Board of Trustees. Melvin, who serves as chief auditor at the Department of Public Safety, received 35 percent of the total vote and won the election by nearly 2,300 votes.

From the Texas Tribune: How to Kill a Bill in 140 Days (or Less)

Posted on 5/3/2017
The air in Austin is just starting to hint at the promise of summer. But in the Texas Capitol, a bleak, cold winter is coming. Bills that once blossomed with hope are withering quickly as crucial deadlines approach for the 85th Legislature.

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."