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July 20, 2011

On July 20, 2011, Governor Dayton signed the 2011 Omnibus Pension Bill into law (Chapter 8).

State Government will recall employees beginning at 6 a.m. on Thursday, July 21, 2011.

 

July 19, 2011

A budget deal has been agreed upon, and hopes are high that a Special Session will be called in the near future. Be assured that TRA benefit payments will be processed the week of July 25 and are on schedule for payment on August 1, 2011.

 

July 5, 2011

TRA remains open during government shutdown


The 2011 Legislature adjourned without an approved budget, and legislative leaders and Governor Dayton are still negotiating a final agreement.

On June 29, 2011, Judge Kathleen Gearin, Ramsey County District Court, ruled that core functions of state government must continue even if the budget impasse is not resolved and a shutdown occurs. Core functions include the issuance of critical benefit payments to individuals.

Although the government shutdown occurred on July 1, TRA continues regular benefit processing and member services, such as paying monthly benefits and member refunds, and collecting member contributions and data from our employer units.

TRA benefits are paid from a trust fund, not from the State General Fund. TRA pays 52,000 benefit recipients, with a monthly total of about $122 million.

While TRA remains open for business, a disruption in services to other government services upon which TRA relies may occur. TRA staff have prepared contingency plans to ensure that TRA benefits are paid as scheduled.

Updates will be available on our web site or by calling 651.296.2409 or 800.657.3669.

Thank you for your patience during this time of uncertainty.

 

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