Beshear talks pensions with retired teachers

10/04/2018 07:20 PM

SHELBYVILLE- Attorney General Andy Beshear provided an update on the pension lawsuit in front of a friendly crowd—retired teachers.

Beshear spoke at a meeting of the 5th District of the Kentucky Retired Teachers Association where he provided an update on what his office has been doing, before diving in to provide an update on pensions. Teachers and retired teachers have been some of the most vocal opponents to Senate Bill 151—and while the group was not chanting or cheering, their aversion to the bill was noticeable.

Before providing an update on the case awaiting a ruling from the Kentucky Supreme Court, Beshear went into the background of how the pension bill was passed.

“In a span of just six hours without you, the public, being able to participate at all, they rammed the bill through,” he told the group. “While they weren’t willing to keep your promise that they made to you decades ago—I was willing to keep my promise.”

Beshear also provided an update on the Supreme Court case, which he argued in September. He said while he does not know when the ruling will come down, he’s confident it will be soon and he’ll come out victorious.

“I felt good about it because the text of the Constitution supports us,” he said. “I think that we will get a decision in the near future, it’s entirely up to the justices. But given the scheduling order and how prepared they were. I believe they understand this is an issue weighing heavily on the public and they want to be responsive to that.”

Beshear acknowledged the shortfall that Kentucky’s pension system is facing, with some estimates as high as $60-$90 billion, he said expanding gaming in Kentucky is one way to help pad the coffers of the pension system.

“I believe we can put $6 to $12 billion into the pension system with expanded gaming dedicated to the pension system solely until fully solvent.” he said.

While he was speaking to the group in his official capacity, Beshear took time to campaign for his gubernatorial bid.

Beshear attacked Gov. Matt Bevin, for the controversial raise given to Chief of Information Officer Charles Grindle, a long time friend of Bevin.

“I believe in a future where we have a stronger ethics code. Where $250,000 jobs for a best friend never happen. Where $216,000 raises for Army buddies, who used to run a political website and business website of the governor never happen.” he said.

Beshear went on to reference controversial comments Bevin has made in the past.

“I believe in so much more that,” he said. “I believe in a future where there is no more bullying, no more name calling, no more ‘my way or the highway’, no more government that shuts people out. Instead a government that listens to them, especially when you disagree with them.”

Michon Lindstrom

Michon is a producer for Pure Politics. Michon comes to Kentucky from Springfield, Illinois where she served as the statehouse reporter for the NBC affiliate. During her time in the Land of Lincoln she covered the state’s two year budget impasse and the largest school funding overall in Illinois history. Pure Politics airs weeknights at 7 and 11:30 on Spectrum News. Follow Michon on Twitter at @MichonLindstrom or reach her by email at michon.lindstrom@charter.com

3 Comments

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  • Heza Putz wrote on October 04, 2018 08:50 PM :

    If the Democrats are dumb enough to make this son of a corrupt, shake down artist like Steve Beshear their nominee, Bevin will beat him like a rented mule.

  • Chuck Thornton wrote on October 13, 2018 01:46 PM :

    Sort of like Ernie Fletcher beat Steve Beshear?

    Oh wait, that was a fake news dream some Republican putz was telling me about.

  • Chuck Thornton wrote on October 13, 2018 01:46 PM :

    Sort of like Ernie Fletcher beat Steve Beshear?

    Oh wait, that was a fake news dream some Republican putz was telling me about.

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