Gov. Bevin says that he has the votes to get pension reform bill passed

10/25/2017 04:10 PM

ERLANGER – In front of a standing-room-only crowd today in Northern Kentucky, Gov. Matt Bevin said the pension reform bill is largely written, but he’s still not certain when he will call a special session on the issue.

The governor said that he wanted to give legislators ample time to read the bill once it’s published, but some suspect the delay in calling a special session is due to the fact that there aren’t enough votes to pass the legislation.

“The President of the Senate, Speaker of the House and myself wouldn’t have done this joint press conference talking about what’s in there if we weren’t confident that was the case,” Bevin said. “So, there’s no question we have the votes, we have an overwhelming majority in both the House and the Senate.”

Local officials, including Florence Mayor Diane Whalen have advocated that the County Employees Retirement System (CERS) separate from the Kentucky Employee Retirement System; that’s something Bevin is strongly opposed to.

“That would be a bad mistake, it would be financially untenable for any of these folks,” Bevin said. “The reality is many people wanted out because the ship was sinking and everybody knew the ship was sinking. If, in fact, you know the ship is not going to sink, that it’s been patched, that it’s not actually going to sink where it is, why would you jump into shark infested turbulent waters and try to swim for shore? Why not stay on the very boat you’re on if indeed, there is a patch in place?”

The governor says even though the bill has been completed, that doesn’t mean that there can’t be some changes.

“The bill is largely what it’s going to be, but there could be some minor changes,” Bevin said. “A lot of the work has been done and I do anticipate the bill is going to be largely what you see now, but if there are ways to tweak it and improve it, certainly, anything is possible.”

Bevin did not specify a date for the special session, only saying that it will occur “very, very soon.”


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