AG Beshear says pension bill violates inviolable contract for current and future retirees

02/28/2018 10:59 AM

Attorney General Andy Beshear, D-Kentucky, has sent a six page letter to lawmakers in the General Assembly, informing them that the proposed pension reform bill violates the inviolable contract for current and future retirees.

Senate Bill 1, which was filed last week, is a departure from Gov. Matt Bevin’s 2017 pension proposal, but Beshear says it goes too far in changing benefits for those retirees.

The letter was posted on social media along with a video from Beshear, hours before a planned vote on the bill in the Senate State and Local Government Committee.

In the direct to camera video to the people of Kentucky, Beshear says that he has sent a letter to legislators informing them that their pension plan violates state law.

“Sadly, Senate Bill 1 breaks that contract, takes away many retirement rights that were inside that inviolable contract — things like cutting the guaranteed cost-of-living-adjustment for teachers, things like changing how state troopers and state and county employees can use sick leave…,” he said.

Beshear details four points of contention with violations to the inviolable contract under the teachers plan in the letter.

The letter, which can be viewed at the hyperlink above, also says the pension plan violates the rights of state employees, state police and county employees.

Beshear recommends in the letter that instead of passing Senate Bill 1, the state legalize expanded gaming in an effort to dedicate a revenue stream to paying for pensions without raising taxes.

Nick Storm

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  • Heza Putz wrote on February 28, 2018 12:27 PM :

    So, what is the opinion of the peoples’ lawyer on whether Kentucky needs to change its constitution before the legislature can even consider the issue of casinos?

  • Charlie wrote on February 28, 2018 02:39 PM :

    Beshear is recommending to continue the legacy of his father to stick his head in the sand, promise everything and force a subsequent legislature or administration to pay for it. “Full pay to the last day” can be a popular sentiment but if the pension plan’s last day comes before yours the retiree is SOOL (Acronym for out of luck). Responsible legislators have crafted a plan that is 1. sustainable and 2. places the burden on both retirees and taxpayers rather than just one or the other. He can (and probably will) sue the state after the legislation is passed which will, of course, increase costs to the state as it will fund both sides of the litigation but not solve the problem.

  • Ed Jessup wrote on February 28, 2018 09:59 PM :

    The pension systems were sound until right after the Republicans took over the Senate in the late 1990’s. The systems started going south a few years later when Ernie Fletcher was Governor, and the legislators and Gov. started robbing the systems so they wouldn’t have to raise taxes.

    Both parties and all Governors went along with this corruption, taking money out of the pension systems to pay for programs because they didn’t have the cojones to raise any taxes.

    That went on until the Bush recession, when crisis hit, the systems lost big bucks, and they had to suck it up in 2013. Both parties promised to put enough money in all future budgets to make up for the money they stole to win votes all those years.

    The plan was actually succeeding in correcting the problem.

    Then Bevin was elected and instead of continuing the correction or suggesting new ways to get revenue, like gamblin’ and maryjuwanna, he declared an emergency where none existed.

    That’s because his radical ideology demands destruction of public pension systems. By the way, what happened to Bevin? Ever since the kitchen got hot,and people started complaining about his extremism, he’s been out of sight.

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