2017 TPEA Legislative Agenda

Active and Retired State Employee Priorities for the 85th Legislature

Enhance state employee pay to protect the State’s investment in a quality workforce.

  • TPEA supports sufficient appropriations to all state agencies to allow adequate merit-pay increases of at least 1 percent of payroll for high-performing employees.
  • TPEA advocates an across-the-board pay raise of at least 2 percent in each year of the coming biennium (with an appropriate minimum dollar increase).
  • TPEA supports targeted pay raises for particular occupational or agency groups that have turnover rates exceeding 18 percent per annum.

Preserve affordable health benefits for state employees and retirees.

  • TPEA supports continuation of the current contribution policy for the premiums of active employees, retired employees and their dependents (i.e., 100 percent of the employee or retiree premium and 50 percent of the dependent premium).
  • TPEA supports preservation of the basic benefit design for the state health plan.
  • TPEA opposes any effort to reduce health benefits for retired state employees or dependents.

Continue to strengthen the retirement fund.

  • TPEA advocates maintaining the defined benefit model that has historically rewarded hard-working employees who dedicate their careers to state service.
  • TPEA supports maintaining the increased State and employee contributions to the ERS pension fund in order to achieve actuarial soundness over a finite period of years and eventually allow for a retiree annuity enhancement.