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.”

Don Weber

Don Weber is a Video Journalist for Spectrum News and covers politics and education on Pure Politics, Kentucky’s only nightly program dedicated to state politics. Don is a lifelong Kentuckian and a graduate of Northern Kentucky University. He spent many years covering sports in the Northern Kentucky area before shifting primarily to politics. You can watch Don’s work weeknights at 7:00 and 11:30 on Pure Politics, available exclusively on Spectrum News, HD Channels 403 and 715. If you have a story idea you can reach Don at donald.weber@charter.com.

4 Comments

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  • JoeB wrote on October 25, 2017 04:52 PM :

    Bevin has been less than truthful before. I do not believe for a second he has the votes to pass his bill in the House. He might have the votes in the Senate but House members are getting a lot of pressure.Several have come out and stated that as the bill now stands its a “no” vote for them. Some also say there has to be more and new funding sources available before they will change their mind. Teachers,state employees, and retirees keep those calls coming in to your legislators and keep attending those town hall meetings. Your legislators are listening so now is no time to let up.
    Stivers sounded and looked very stressed when he blamed KTRS for its own problems earlier today. Thayer is just a total jerk and needs to return to Michigan. For goodness sakes someone in that district recruit someone to run against and defeat this grandstander. Thayer has never seen a microphone or a tv camera he didnt want to perform in front of.

  • nutjob wrote on October 26, 2017 06:49 AM :

    Is this gonna be another of those” you are going to have to pass it to see what is in it” bills? He has already said that legislators don’t need to read it – for anybody with any common sense that means that you had better read it or you are going to get screwed. This will affect a lot of people lives the legislators had better read the bill.

    This bill is going to get jammed through without ever getting a proper discussions and hearings.

  • Ricky Lee Williams Jr. wrote on October 26, 2017 11:50 AM :

    I think we should leave the KEA and KSP as is. In the current DB structure. The KEA can work 32 years before retiring. The KSP stays at 20years service. After that, if they choose to come back, they do so into a 401k style plan. We can’t recruit talent in these two important areas without the proper incentive in play. The talent we need to go into being a teacher isn’t going to college and pileup $30,000 in student debt , in with not having Social Security later on to help in the golden years of life. I think everyone will agree if the teachers and members of KSP stay the same plan now , its a win and we can go from there.. Thanks. RL

  • Ricky Lee Williams Jr. wrote on October 26, 2017 11:54 AM :

    I think we should leave the KEA and KSP as is. In the current DB structure. The KEA can work 32 years before retiring. The KSP stays at 20years service. After that, if they choose to come back, they do so into a 401k style plan. We can’t recruit talent in these two important areas without the proper incentive in play. The talent we need to go into being a teacher isn’t going to college and pileup $30,000 in student debt , in with not having Social Security later on to help in the golden years of life. I think everyone will agree if the teachers and members of KSP stay the same plan now , its a win and we can go from there.. Thanks. RL

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