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Montana TRS members: Have you set up a “My TRS” user account? If not, why not?

My TRS provides 24/7 access to view your account balance or monthly benefit amount, service history, beneficiary designations, personal contact information, and more. Just go to our website (trs.mt.gov) and click the Login link.

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As expected, legislators are gearing up for the 2019 session. A representative from Bozeman recently distributed an opinion piece to several newspapers in an attempt to convince readers that Montana’s public pensions are on the verge of failure.

The truth? Our public pensions are doing quite well, thank you.

Read the rebuttal from TRS Executive Director Shawn Graham and MPERA (PERS) Executive Director Dore Schwinden. And please share!

A February 19 guest column in the Montana Standard suggested that Montana’s Public Retirement Systems are grossly underfunded and that the benefits paid to retirees are somehow excessive. We would
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Are you an active TRS member who is considering retirement? We've posted a new video of our Ready-Set-Retire presentation. Check it out on our YouTube channel! https://youtu.be/a3WBY3xnKW0

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Check out the latest TRS Horizons newsletter for a review of our 2017 actuarial valuation, retirement numbers and other updates.

TIP: With taxes on many people's minds, now is a good time for TRS members to read up on Required Minimum Distributions. This is especially important for those who:

(a) are no longer employed in a TRS-reportable position, ...
(b) have reached age 70 1/2, AND
(c) have not yet applied for TRS retirement or withdrawal of contributions.

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Do public pensions benefit your state and local economy? Without a doubt!

TRS paid out nearly $332 million in benefits in fiscal year 2017. The majority of that – $277 million – went to more than 12,000 TRS retirees and other recipients living right here in Montana. Click the link for county-by-county totals.

https://trs.mt.gov/…/Infor…/AboutTRS/Map2017BenefitsPaid.pdf

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Have you seen the latest TRS Horizons newsletter? Read about recent legislative changes, the "My TRS" online account system for members, staff updates, and more!

Click here: https://trs.mt.gov/…/Informa…/Newsletters/v11n1_june2017.pdf

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TRS has a fantastic new and more robust MY TRS online account system for members and retirees. Get yourself over to trs.mt.gov now to check it out!

We have TRS Advisor Quick Videos available that provide a quick overview of how to create an account if you don't have one or how to migrate your old account into the new system. The videos also provide a succinct overview of the new features available to active members and benefit recipients (retirees).

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We have revised our TRS Active Member Handbook! You can find a link to the new handbook on our website at trs.mt.gov in the right navigation pane.

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Lessons for teaching kids empathy.

Schools should teach students empathy to counter hate and disrupt violence, write Maya Soetoro-Ng and Alison Milofsky.
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