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Amye Bensenhaver: Resisting tranparency at all costs — and that’s why open records laws exist

It is deeply disturbing that a public agency — whose compliance with state transparency laws is found by the Kentucky Auditor of Public Accounts to fall “drastically short” — concludes its response to the auditor’s examination with the statement that it “compl[ies] with all governing statutes *to the extent possible.*” This is how the Kentucky Retirement Systems responded to Auditor Mike...

State Auditor reports results of audit of KRS financial statement; recommended three corrections

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today The Kentucky State Auditor’s office this week released the results of a financial statement audit of Kentucky Retirement Systems and included three findings in their report. “Our audit details issues regarding millions in overpayments by employers to KRS and the lack of policies regarding the waiver by KRS of more than $100,000 in penalties for late payments due to the...

Kay pre-files bill designed to make state retirement system more transparent, less political

Looking to better insulate Kentucky Retirement Systems (KRS) from politics while making the agency more publicly accountable, state Rep. James Kay, D-Versailles, pre-filed legislation Wednesday that would block future gubernatorial re-organizations of its board of trustees, lift secrecy on investments and limit the size of any future raises that KRS leaders receive. “We need to take the politics...