Gov. Matt Bevin promotes plan to fix Kentucky's pension crisis

Gov. Matt Bevin promotes plan to fix Kentucky's pension crisis”

Neither would speculate when Bevin might call the special session but Thayer said he is encouraging members to make no travel plans between Thanksgiving and Christmas, emphasizing he based that on the calendar and not on any information he has from Bevin about the timing of a session.

"We're looking at double-digit cuts across the board in government if we don't pass this bill", Thayer said. "He doesn't have a compromise on this bill going into this session".

Senate Majority Leader Damon Thayer, R-Georgetown, echoed the latter Wednesday. They say they don't want this to be a partisan issue.

"We're trying work on solutions", Shell said.

Hoover said there was "a lot of discussion about that" 3 percent for health insurance in the meeting as well as questions about the 27 years defined benefit cap, teacher sick days and suspension of benefits for retirees who return to work for more than 100 hours per month.

Gov. Matt Bevin is taking his proposed pension changes on the road this week, pitching business groups across the state about his bill that would - among other things - move most future and some current state workers onto 401 (k) style plans. "It's just a matter of how deep they are". "I think it's pretty well accepted there are going to be cuts across the board".

"As long as everybody's on the same page about any tweaks that are made and there's agreement that we can then communicate to our caucus and they can communicate to theirs, brevity of session should not be a problem", Thayer said.

Bevin has criticized teachers for their reactions and Monday he said many who oppose the plan are too "unsophisticated" to understand the problem or what's necessary to stabilize the pension funds.

In the meantime, a number of town halls have been held and scheduled throughout the state, with public workers and teachers filling meeting spaces in the days before and since the proposal's release. Hoover said members raised Bevin's comment "a few" times during the caucus. "This affects a lot of people". "We're actually trying to address this the right way". "I don't like the rhetoric and the misinformation, but that probably comes with the territory".

We talked with a state worker who says she's anxious about her family as the plans calls for a three percent additional contribution for teachers and other public employees in order to fund retiree health care plans.

Hoover said he expects some changes to the bill including some "tweaks" to those provisions on health insurance and re-employment.

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