Pension Programs http://wkms.org en Governor Says Pension Talks Continue http://wkms.org/post/governor-says-pension-talks-continue <p></p><p style="margin-bottom: 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;">State leaders are still working to find solutions to the Kentucky's&nbsp;<font color="#0c4ca2">troubled pension s</font><font color="#0c4ca2">ystem</font>—but he's not promising a deal the time the General Assembly regular session ends next week, Gov. Steve Beshear said on Monday.</p><p> Mon, 18 Mar 2013 20:19:00 +0000 Kenny Colston (KPR) 29434 at http://wkms.org Governor Says Pension Talks Continue Representative Mike Cherry on planned retirement http://wkms.org/post/representative-mike-cherry-planned-retirement <p>Mike Cherry has served as a democrat in the state house representative for 14 years. He&rsquo;s retiring as the chair of the House State Government Committee and, as a former navy captain, the highest ranking military member of the General Assembly. Cherry represents the fourth district which includes Caldwell, Crittenden, Livingston and part of McCracken counties. &nbsp;</p><p> Fri, 25 May 2012 17:36:57 +0000 Chad Lampe 18128 at http://wkms.org Representative Mike Cherry on planned retirement Afternoon Round-Up 4/12/12 http://wkms.org/post/afternoon-round-41212 <p><strong>Today on NPR:</strong><a href="http://www.npr.org/2012/04/12/150497103/the-monkey-business-of-recognizing-language"> New research shows that first-graders and baboons have at least one thing in common.</a></p><p><strong>State Governments:</strong></p><p>Kentucky House and Senate negotiators have reached a tentative agreement on a <a href="http://wkms.drupal.publicbroadcasting.net/post/road-plan-approved">massive road construction plan</a>.</p> Thu, 12 Apr 2012 21:38:55 +0000 Rose Krzton-Presson 17618 at http://wkms.org Afternoon Round-Up 4/12/12 Pension Boost Amendment in Illinois http://wkms.org/post/pension-boost-amendment-illinois <p>A top Illinois Democrat says pension boosts for public employees&nbsp;should require more support in the General Assembly before becoming law. House Speaker Michael Madigan is proposing a constitutional amendment to require a three-fifths vote of the House and Senate for any legislation that increases retirement benefits. A simple majority is required now. The state owes its pension systems $80 billion. The Legislature would have to approve the idea by May 6 to put the question before voters in the November election.</p> Thu, 12 Apr 2012 21:22:21 +0000 Shelly Baskin & the associated press 17614 at http://wkms.org Placement Agents Under State Ethics Laws http://wkms.org/post/placement-agents-under-state-ethics-laws <p>Lawmakers have given final approval to legislation that would make placement agents involved in financial investments for Kentucky&#39;s pension program subject to the state&#39;s ethics laws.&nbsp; The legislation is an offshoot of a state audit that raised questions about the use of placement agents who advise the state about how to invest retirement funds for teachers and government workers.&nbsp; The House voted 94-0 Thursday for final passage.&nbsp; Democratic Rep. Fri, 30 Mar 2012 12:01:48 +0000 Todd Hatton 17456 at http://wkms.org