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State employees with higher pensions should pay more to help the underfunded systems recover, Kentucky House Speaker Greg Stumbo said in a recent interview.

One thing Stumbo doesn't want to see is lawmakers floating bonds to help pay for the state’s underfunded pensions.

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Candidates for Kentucky’s 2nd District State House of Representatives both say they won’t take a pension if elected in November, but they differ on whether or not a pension should be offered to lawmakers. Kentucky’s pension system is one of the worst in the country in terms of unfunded liabilities. Heath has endorsed a pension plan for lawmakers that two GOP candidates have proposed. That plan would change the current full pension for lawmakers to an optional 401K plan for incoming lawmakers.

Pew report cites $23B shortfall in KY public pensions

Aug 31, 2012
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A new report shows Kentucky has a more than $23 billion shortfall in what should have been set aside to fund pensions for retired state employees.  The Pew Center for the States and the Laura and John Arnold Foundation released the report Thursday.   The report says the shortfall is more than twice the amount of all revenue generated from state taxes in the Commonwealth last year.  Public Pensions Task Force co-chairs, Republican Senator Damon Thayer and Democratic Representative Mike Cherry, say fixing the problem will require hard choices, good information and thoughtful analysis.   The T

Afternoon Round-Up 7/25/12

Jul 25, 2012
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The watchdog group Bluegrass Institute has released a report blaming Kentucky'’s lawmakers for various issues with the state’'s pension systems.