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Bevin and Beshear take on a wide range of topics in televised debate at NKU, find little common ground

By Mark Hansel KyForward managing editor Gov. Matt Bevin and Attorney General Andy Beshear squared off in a Kentucky Gubernatorial Debate at Northern Kentucky University’s Student Union Tuesday evening. The fifth televised debate in the series between Bevin, the Republican incumbent, and Democratic challenger Beshear, is the last before voters go to the polls in less than a week. WLWT photos NKU...

Exhange of letters between Bevin, lawmakers fails to end stalemate over pension legislation

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today An exchange of letters this week between Gov. Matt Bevin and state lawmakers has failed to break the impasse in finding a solution to solving the pension problems of the state’s regional universities and 118 quasi-governmental organizations. 
Those agencies face a near doubling of their pension costs July 1 if no action is taken, which could cause some of them to make...

Gov. Bevin calls special legislative session to address Kentucky’s pension issue

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Gov. Matt Bevin has called a special session of the General Assembly beginning Monday night in the wake of last week’s Supreme Court decision that unanimously held the process used to pass Senate Bill 151, the wastewater bill turned into pension reform legislation, unconstitutional. During a Capitol press conference announcing the special session, Bevin said, “Our State...

Hundreds of Kentuckians among retirees from across region rallying to save pensions in Columbus

By Mary Kuhlman Public News Service Hundreds of Kentuckians are in Columbus, Ohio this Thursday fighting to preserve their pensions. They’re joining thousands of other retirees to rally at the Statehouse, a day before a congressional committee meets to discuss how to solve a pension crisis. The retirement of the baby boomer generation, the recession and corporate bankruptcies are testing the...

Gov. Bevin explains veto of budget and tax bill, says Kentucky’s financial future requires tough decisions

For many months, we have been working to resolve the toughest financial crisis Kentucky has ever faced, a crisis that began many years ago and that previous governors and legislators either negligently handled or ignored. It is now snowballing out of control. Nothing about this process has been easy. That does not, however, take away from the present reality that we are facing, or from the difficult...

Conference Committee of 20 men pour over state budget, to meet Monday; legislature about Tuesday

While most members of the Kentucky General Assembly are enjoying a recess until Tuesday, a group of 20 House and Senate members are trying to hash out an agreement on a state spending plan for the next two years.   The Budget Conference Committee began work shortly after 9 a.m. Friday, going line by line over the budget documents. In the past, the media and public have been kept out of the proceedings,...

Bevin uses social media to ask state workers to pressure lawmakers over troubled pension plan

By Mark Maynard Kentucky Today Gov. Matt Bevin turned to his Facebook page Saturday night to ask current and retired state workers to put pressure on lawmakers to act on the troubled public pension plan. Bevin’s four-minute video said if structural changes aren’t made, the teachers’ retirement system will be out of money in 12 to 15 years. “You should be very concerned,’’ he said. “I’m...

This Week in Frankfort: With just eight days remaining, legislature still has budget issue looming

The first piece of legislation to pass a legislative chamber this week dealt with making playground equipment accessible to all children. One of the final bills of the week to advance through a chamber focused on the mental health of students. In between, lawmakers cast votes on a range of topics including bike safety, health care, prayer, and teen marriage.   It was a particularly busy week at the...

Bob Martin: Kentucky’s pension problem stems from addiction to defined retirement benefits system

There are two types of pension systems: the defined benefits program and the defined contributions program. It is telling that private employers totally abandoned defined benefits pensions in the 70’s and 80’s, while almost all public-sector employers still rely on defined benefits pensions. Private sector employers pay for pensions with their own money, while public-sector employers pay for pensions...