News Updates

Legislation & LRTA Information to Know

June 4, 2024

2024 Regular Legislative Session Final Update

May 3, 2024

Action Alert: House Bill 800 / Constitutional Convention

March 28, 2024

2024 Legislation Bills to Watch

March 6, 2024

Oppose SB 5 in its original form

January 29, 2024

GPO and WEP Update for February 2024

December 11, 2023

The Increasing Role of DC Plans in Public Sector Retirement

December 11, 2023

Closing DB Plans Increases Sponsor Costs

January 6, 2023

NIRS Releases Pensionomics 2023

June 29, 2022

A Better Bang for the Buck 3.0

June 28, 2021

Updated Research Shows Advantages of Maintaining DB Plans

February 2, 2021

How To Reach Out to Legislators

January 12, 2021

NIRS Releases Pensionomics 2021

January 11, 2021

Understanding and Defending the Current Defined Benefit Plan

January 11, 2021

Breaking Down Retirement Plans

November 19, 2020

Three Reasons Why Public Pensions are Cheaper Than Other Retirement Plans Like 401(k)s

October 9, 2020

Three Truths Against The Attacks on Public Pensions

September 24, 2020

New NIRS Report Evaluates the “Daunting Challenge” of Retirement

September 15, 2020

Common Misconceptions About Pensions

September 11, 2020

Navigating the Equable Report

August 20, 2020

K-12 Education Employee Views on COVID-19

August 13, 2020

Three Ways Pension Opponents Gaslight the Public About Public Pensions

July 16, 2020

NASRA Debunks Anti-Teacher Pension Report

May 15, 2020

Office Update: May 15, 2020

May 12, 2020

Roadmap to a Resilient Louisiana Issued by the La. Department of Health

April 28, 2020

Legislation filed to end state worker social security benefit discrimination

April 23, 2020

McConnell Says He Favors Letting States Declare Bankruptcy

September 6, 2019

Study from Brookings Institution Provides Insight on UAL

August 14, 2019

NEW Report: NIRS Releases Study on States that Switched Pension Plans

June 28, 2019

PEW Charitable Trusts Releases Statewide Report on Pensions: How did Louisiana fare?

June 19, 2019

Update on Social Security Fairness Act

May 14, 2019

The teacher weekly wage penalty hit 21.4 percent in 2018, a record high

January 28, 2019

Latest NIRS Report Compares DB and DC Plans

In January 2019, Dr. Nari Rhee and Leon F. Joyner, Jr. from the National Institute on Retirement Security released a new report evaluating teacher pensions over […]
November 19, 2018

Voters reject candidates in 3 states who lobbied for switch to DC plans

November 19, 2018

Op Ed from Nancy Altman

The following article is an opinion piece by Nancy Altman, a member of the Social Security Advisory Board and president of Social Security Works. Altman evaluates […]
September 26, 2018

New Study Finds Record Pay Gap Between Educators and Other College-Educated Workers

The following article was originally published by the National Council on Teacher Retirement. For more information on NCTR, visit We would also like to share an […]
August 1, 2018

Pew Research Center Reports on Older Adults and Technology Use

Aaron Smith with the Pew Research Center evaluates newly released data about America’s seniors and their transition into digital life. Click the link below to read […]
July 6, 2018

The big myth about America’s pension crisis

Lydia DePillis, an economy reporter for CNNMoney, debunks common misconceptions about public pensions. This article also includes a graphic of public pension funds in each state […]
June 27, 2018

Tax deal gives Louisiana something new: Financial stability

By MELINDA DESLATTE BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana lawmakers not only passed a tax deal to avert immediate and deep budget cuts, they backed an […]
June 20, 2018

Should you be worried about Social Security and Medicare?

By: Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar  WASHINGTON (AP) — An unexpected weakening in the finances of Social Security and Medicare has raised concern about the bedrock programs for the […]
May 16, 2018

USA TODAY- Teacher benefits: Do they make up for low pay?

USA Today, a national news organization, evaluates the value of teachers’ benefits in this article.
May 14, 2018

A constitutional convention won’t solve budget problems | Opinion

Louisiana Tech University math teacher Carol DeVille shares her thoughts about a constitutional convention in this op ed article.
May 8, 2018

State Rep. Jay Morris letter: What are constitutional convention proponents really after?

State representative Jay Morris discusses key issues with a constitutional convention in this article published by Baton Rouge news outlet The Advocate. Full text here:
April 30, 2018

Reworked Pension for Future Louisiana State Workers Shelved

Melinda Deslatte, a reporter for the Associated Press, published an article that discusses a bill that would have impacted pension plans for state workers.
April 26, 2018

2018 Spring Meeting on the News

Check out these news stories about the LRTA Spring Meeting! Thank you to the local media in Alexandria for working with us and our members. […]
April 12, 2018

New Analysis Suggests Public Pension Cuts Hurt State and Local Governments’ Ability to Recruit Workers

WASHINGTON, D.C., April 11, 2018 – A new research brief that explores the impacts of public pension reform from 2005 to 2014 suggests that cuts to […]
April 6, 2018

Louisiana Retired Teachers Association Says Aloha to Alexandria for Spring Meeting

January 29, 2018

Pensions Are Critical Tool For Recruiting, Retaining Teachers, Offer Best Path To Retirement

Findings Debunk Inaccurate & Misleading Assertions about Teacher Pensions WASHINGTON, D.C., October 26, 2017 –  A new report finds that defined benefit (DB) teacher pension plans work […]
January 29, 2018

Win-Win: Pensions Efficiently Serve American Schools and Teachers

A new report finds that defined benefit (DB) teacher pension plans work for both schools and teachers, and that there are important policy reasons to continue […]
September 26, 2017

NEWS: Pensions Improve Education Quality, Reduce Teacher Turnover

A new research brief analyzing the effectiveness of pensions on teacher retention and productivity finds that pensions play a critical role in recruiting and retaining highly productive teachers.
April 3, 2017

New Report Finds Strong Support for Teacher Pensions

New Report Finds Strong Support for Teacher Pensions Good news for retired teachers! A new report from the National Institute on Retirement Security (NIRS) finds strong […]
March 8, 2017

The March is On: Repealing the WEP Still On the Horizon – TRTA

The March is On: Repealing the WEP Still On the Horizon Texas Retired Teachers Association (TRTA) leaders visited Washington, D.C. last week to meet with Texas […]
March 3, 2017

Arnold Foundation Funds Flawed Analysis of Teacher Pensions Says NCPERS

Arnold Foundation Funds Flawed Analysis of Teacher Pensions Says NCPERS Facts Take Back Seat to Ideology in Misinformation Campaign The National Conference on Public Employee Retirement […]
September 29, 2016

STRSEA First Meeting of School Year

St. Tammany Retired School Employees Association held its first meeting of the new school year in early September. Celebrating the return of “Back to School,” all attendees […]