State Senator Wil Schroder confident General Assembly will deal with pensions early on in 2018 session

12/18/2017 09:44 AM

While some were disappointed that pension reform was not dealt with in a special session, count Sen. Wil Schroder, R-Wilder, as one who is glad that House and Senate leadership did not pass a bill that was not fully scored and vetted by those involved.

Schroder also felt that the sexual harassment distractions in the House did not help the pace in the General Assembly this year.

“We don’t have the bill scored and some members, for good reason, are not willing to vote on something that we haven’t seen the scoring on,” Schroder said.

Schroder looks for pension reform to be the first thing dealt with by legislators when they return to Frankfort on January 2.

“We need to focus on pensions before we look at anything else,” Schroder said. “The budget is going to be determined by the pension.”

Schroder has heard from many school district superintendents, county judge-executives and city mayors who say that that their expanded pension could cripple their budgets.

“That’s why structural changes need to happen,” Schroder said. “It’s not just a matter of allocating the correct amount of money. This projected amount is $2.1 billion. Last budget cycle, we put over a billion dollars into it.”

Every legislative session, hundreds of bills are filed and Schroder expects the same thing to happen in 2018. While Schroder expects that to happen again in 2018, he feels that the General Assembly needs to concentrate on the biggest issues which include pensions, the budget and tax reform.

“We need to prioritize, we do need to focus on pensions, tax reform and the budget,” Schroder said. “I think that membership should file whatever bills they want, but I would hope that leadership would really ask the committee chairs focus on those three things, and let’s get those done before we start hearing these other issues that are not related to pension reform, tax reform, or the budget.”


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