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The executive secretary of the Kentucky Teachers' Retirement System says the system is in good shape and legislators in this past session are to thank. He also credited the KTRS Board of Trustees and teacher groups like the Calloway County Retired Teachers Association for their lobbying efforts.

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  Kentucky teacher pension officials are still asking for a $3.3 billion bailout of the system, saying it would increase the plan’s funded ratio from 53 percent to 66 percent and reduce the amount the state has to contribute.

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AMC’s hit zombie-apocalypse-drama ‘The Walking Dead’ is a story about a shambling mass of the undead that brings civilization to its knees. Chris Tobe, ​a former trustee of the Kentucky Retirement Systems turned whistleblower, says the show is an apt metaphor for what will happen if  lawmakers don't get serious about funding pensions. 

“I think we’re going to be The Walking Dead for a long time" said Tobe. "We’re all gonna keep saying, ‘oh, we’re just fine,’ and we’re gonna be ‘The Walking Dead’ for a long, long time.