Beshear makes compromise pitch on pension reform but latest draft faces legislative skepticism

03/25/2013 12:36 PM

The second-to-last day of the 2013 General Assembly opened with an unhappy Democratic House Speaker leaving Gov. Steve Beshear’s office after hearing the governor’s latest proposal to compromise on how to pay for increased state pension payments.

Stumbo said the proposal includes some new revenue but wouldn’t say what that would be. He referred comments to the governor. But he was clearly not happy with another piece of the proposal that calls for tagging some money from the road fund, which is separate from the general fund.

Stumbo said he didn’t think the House Democrats would be pleased with that either. Beshear was set to meet with the House majority Democratic caucus in the state Supreme Court chamber around 2 p.m. to explain his proposal.

Stumbo and other leading Democrats, including House Budget Chairman Rick Rand and Democratic Caucus Chair Sannie Overly, met with with the governor around noon. Then Senate President Robert Stivers and Sen. David Givens, R-Greensburg, entered the governor’s office shortly before 12:30 p.m. for their meeting.

If Beshear would need do a selling job to House Democrats, Stivers said the governor would likely “need to do a sales job across the Capitol.”

Here’s what Stumbo and Stivers separately told reporters after their respective meetings with the governor. (Excuse the shaky video as reporters walked along with the legislative leaders to ask the questions).


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