Monday, 16 April 2018

Bevin Signals Retirement reform bill to law; Beshear Claims legal

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – Gov. Matt Bevin has even signed the pension reform bill  in to law.

Bevin told Terry Meiners on 840 WHAS he signed Senate Bill 151 on Tuesday. In addition, he spoke out against the Kentucky Education Association (KEA), calling the union leadership “frauds.”

Minutes after the news broke, Attorney General Andy Beshear tweeted Wednesday he will challenge the governor in court.

“We have just learned that Gov. Bevin has signed SB 151 (pensions). Tomorrow, if the courts open, we’ll do it. Stay tuned.” –Attorney General Andy Beshear

— KY Attorney General (@kyoag) April 10, 2018

The bill drew the ire of teachers all over the state and is controversial.

It was hastily passed requiring quite a few hours to work its way through Senate and the House.

The initial Senate Bill 151 was a proposition. It was substituted with the retirement proposal that was almost 300-page.

Democrats were upset they did not have sufficient time to read the bill before it was passed. Many republicans voted against the bill.

Teachers at almost two dozens college districts staged a ‘ailing’ So a lot of them called in sick that districts were forced to shut for the day.

The capitol bombarded during their spring break to protest the bill also called for the governor to veto it.

There was never a sign that the bill wouldn’t be signed by Bevin. He spoke out against Cuban teachers times.

Much like in mid-March, if he explained onto a Campbellsville radio show: “That is a set of people that’s throwing a temper tantrum and I am surprised. For me, if they receive what they want for, they will not have a retirement system for the younger individuals that are currently functioning. And for me personally, that’s unusually greedy and shortsighted.”

To retirees, retirement benefits will not be changed under the law. Lively teachers also will not see changes, except for a limit on sick days that starts Dec. 31. Teachers at Kentucky have experienced a higher rate of attendance  because individuals sick days aided improve their retirement.

New teachers hired after July 1 has to be part of a 401K design balance plan.

Some are worried it’ll be difficult to attract new teachers under the law to Kentucky.

Tuesday on Terry Meiners’ radio show, he explained that the KEA is “not looking out for its best interest of their teachers. They are looking out for the best interest of these.”

Teachers were planning a demonstration in Frankfort.

Chair of the Kentucky Democratic Party, Ben Self, issued the following announcement:

“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 workers, the teaching profession and rewards for first responders. It is clear that their priorities would be on the mega-donors who compensated for their attempts and not the people of Kentucky.”

Bevin did veto taxation reform bill and the funding passed by the General Assembly. He said  those invoices were not fiscally responsible.

Lawmakers must utilize the last days of the session to override his veto or draft new invoices he’ll sign.



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