This Week In Conversation: Kentucky’s Pension Predicament

Jun 27, 2019
Ryland Barton / Kentucky Public Radio

Time is running out before Kentucky’s regional universities and “quasi” agencies like health departments have to pay steeper public pension costs, raising concerns about possible cuts in services and closures. Gov. Matt Bevin says he will call a special legislative session to address the issue, but finding a consensus has been hard to come by, with lawmakers disagreeing on a solution.

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A Kentucky judge has ordered the state to pay more than $72,000 in attorneys' fees and costs in a lawsuit over the release of an economic analysis of Gov. Matt Bevin's administration's analysis of the 2017 pension reform plan.

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With Kentucky’s regional universities and other agencies facing a massive spike in pension costs starting July 1, Gov. Matt Bevin’s office says he won’t call a special legislative session to address the issue until later in July or August.

J. Tyler Franklin / WFPL

Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin still lacks enough votes to push his pension-relief bill through the state House, even with the changes he made to his proposal, House leaders said Thursday.

J. Tyler Franklin / WFPL

Looking to break the gridlock on his pension-relief proposal, Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin has reached out to lawmakers with several changes he's agreed to make in hopes of winning enough support to have the measure taken up in a special legislative session.

J. Tyler Franklin / WFPL

Gov. Matt Bevin and leaders of Kentucky’s legislature are going back and forth over who’s in charge of rallying support for a new pension bill.

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Gov. Matt Bevin continues to stress the need for a special legislative session to tackle pension reforms for several state universities and many quasi-governmental agencies. 

J. Tyler Franklin / WFPL

In the midst of reflecting on Primary 2019, Gov. Matt Bevin was also asked about what remains a pressing topic in Frankfort.  Pension reform questions can surface anytime, anywhere when state officials are involved.

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Retired coal miners joined lawmakers from the Ohio Valley on Capitol Hill Wednesday for another attempt to protect miners’ pensions.

Murray State University

With spring semester coming to a close, Matt Markgraf sat down this week on Sounds Good with Murray State University President Bob Jackson to talk about commencement, fall enrollment, construction projects underway and they unpack how the proposed pension relief bill would affect the university and the possible roadmap moving forward.