pension reform

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  The Democratic National Committee is paying close attention to recent teachers’ rallies in Kentucky and other states. Kentucky educators have been rallying at the state capitol in an effort to fight for their pension benefits and increased state support for public education.  

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  The Kentucky General Assembly will work this week to wrap up action on a number of issues, but that may not include votes on public pension reforms.

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Members of the Kentucky House and Senate are expected to see a new public employee pension reform bill this week. It’s likely to be quite different from the proposal offered by Gov. Matt Bevin and GOP leaders last fall.

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Forty current or retired educators are running to become state lawmakers this year as leaders of the legislature and Gov. Matt Bevin consider cuts to public education and an overhaul of the state’s pension systems.

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A month ago, Republican leaders of the state legislature said they hoped to pass major changes to the state’s pension systems within the first two weeks of the legislative session.

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Kentucky Senate President Robert Stivers says modified legislation to overhaul the state’s public pension systems could be introduced next week.  

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  The chair of the Senate Health and Welfare Committee expects a one dollar increase in the state’s cigarette tax to get serious attention in the 2018 general assembly session.

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  Eastern Kentucky University President Michael Benson expects to spend a great deal of time in the state capital over the next few months.

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West Kentucky lawmakers offered their thoughts on ‘the big three’ potential agenda items when lawmakers convene in Frankfort for the regular session beginning in January: pension reform, tax reform and the budget. Republican State Senator Stan Humphries and Republican State Representative Kenny Imes spoke at a recent Chamber luncheon in Murray. In addition to the major items they touched on other issues, including the long-awaited expansion of Highway 641 South and funding for higher education.

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The president of the Kentucky senate says a special legislative session on pension reforms could still happen between now and the end of December. But Robert Stivers admits the window of opportunity for a likely five-day session is closing a bit day by day.

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