Bevin Signs Pension Reform Bill

04/10/2018 07:28 PM

FRANKFORT- Gov. Matt Bevin,R-Kentucky, has signed the controversial pension reform bill.

Gov. Bevin denied to comment whether he would sign Senate Bill 151 during a press conference Monday announcing his veto of the budget and tax bills.

The Secretary of State’s office confirmed the governor signed the bill Tuesday a little before 6 pm.

Thousands of teachers stormed the Capitol in protest of the measure that was tacked on last minute as an amendment to a sewage bill.

Kentucky Democratic Party Chair Ben Self released the following statement in response to the bill becoming law.

“By signing this pension-sewage bill, Gov. Bevin and the Republican leadership have just dealt a devastating blow to Kentucky’s public education system, public employees, the teaching profession and benefits for first responders. It’s obvious that their priorities are to the mega-donors who paid for their campaigns and not the people of Kentucky.”

Attorney General Andy Beshear, D-Kentucky, took to Twitter to announce he will keep his promise to file a lawsuit against the law. Tweeting out, “We have just learned that Gov. Bevin has signed SB 151 (pensions). When the courts open tomorrow, we will take action. Stay tuned.”

Bevin announced he signed the bill while on 840 WHAS Tuesday evening and took aim at the Kentucky Educators Association, questioning why they hadn’t stormed the capitol in previous years under different administrations.

“All their protests, all their anger, where have they been the past eight years prior me, and the years before that? When did they ever storm the capitol when Governor Beshear repeatedly underfunded the pension every single year, sometimes under fifty percent of what he was supposed to put in,” he said. “All they did was spend millions of dollars to get him re-elected. They are absolute frauds.”

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

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