Beshear won't commit to additional pension reforms; says he can work with Williams

11/01/2011 08:02 AM

Despite a $26 billion liability in the Kentucky Retirement Systems, Gov. Steve Beshear wouldn’t commit to revamping the system and remains opposed to adopting a 401(k)-style retirement approach for future retirees.

Beshear responded to a call by his former chief of staff Adam Edelen — the Democratic candidate for auditor — that additional reforms to the system must be taken up.

“I’m not sure what other options Adam is talking about,” Beshear said.

Beshear also addressed questions about whether he would want a change in Senate leadership, if Beshear is elected to a second term.

“No, as long as he’s wiling to sit down and work with me and take that attitude, we can get a lot done,” Beshear said at 5:30 of the second segment.

But he said he didn’t know how the results on Nov. 8 would affect Williams, should Beshear defeat him.

“I have no idea what’s going to happen with the Republicans in the Senate,” he said at 4:45 of the second segment. “They’ll do whatever they do.”

He said voters don’t want to see anymore “obstructionism.”

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