Governor May Call Special Session On Pension

A spokesman for Gov. Steve Beshear says the governor is planning to meet Thursday with Kentucky General Assembly leaders to discuss the state pension system.

The governor has said he would be willing to call a special session on pensions if lawmakers had an agreement beforehand. Kentucky's state retirement system covers more than 445,000 people, including state and county employees and public school teachers.

The Lexington Herald-Leader reported a possible special session could come before July 1.

Beshear spokesman Dick Brown says the governor is meeting with
legislative leaders to "discuss some proposals." The governor has a news conference scheduled for 10 a.m. dealing with pensions.

Lawmakers considered a proposed overhaul to the state retirement
system, but talks fell through before the legislature adjourned earlier this year.

House Speaker Jody Richards, a Bowling Green Democrat, said he
expects Beshear to offer a proposal for the legislature to consider
and to create a commission that would study additional retirement-related issues that remain controversial. The commission, which would be created through an executive order, could make recommendations to the 2009 General Assembly.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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  • by sara Location: Versailles on Jun 2, 2008 at 05:03 AM
    I think the State should look at retirement/pension system, this is everyones money. Most privately owned companies do not let their employees retire before the age of 65. Why should government employees be any differant? They get their insurance paid for the rest of their life,and like the comment above, some are able to double-dip. I think government officials should look at it like their own business and see if all the they would still handle retirement and benefits the same way.
  • by Clair Location: Lexington on Jun 1, 2008 at 07:17 AM
    My comment earlier was on ethics not pension.
  • by Josh Location: Richmond on May 30, 2008 at 04:50 AM
    The current system does have flaws in it, but what really gets on my nerves. STOP hiring retired state employees back as employees of the state. They are DOUBLE dipping by receiving state retirement as well as current paychecks. My aunt retired as a secretary from an elem. school here in Richmond after 30 years of employment and got hired back on at her retiring salary. That is atrocious!!!!!!!
  • by steve Location: irvine on May 29, 2008 at 08:07 PM
    God what a pathetic governor and now Lexington has carbon footprints man oh man just hope these ignorant fools do not win the white house or senate gees it will be bad.
  • by Clair Location: Lexington on May 29, 2008 at 04:53 PM
    If your comments about Beshear are negative dont bother posting them here, they seem to disapesr fast.
  • by Anonymous on May 29, 2008 at 03:52 PM
    They probably called a special session so they could have extra cash to pay for the higher gas when they go on their vacations.
  • by Zatoichi Location: Richmond on May 29, 2008 at 11:19 AM
    The legislators have to be in town to pick out their new furniture and HD TV's for their newly remodeled offices. The golden urinals in the men's room have to be leak tested as well.
  • by JC Location: Madison Co on May 29, 2008 at 09:11 AM
    What ever this meeting is for, I am sure our governor will say casino gambling will fix the problem.
  • by Christy Location: KY on May 29, 2008 at 06:44 AM
    I've been told by a legislator not in my district, that lots and lots of time was wasted away by the General Assembly this year, more than usual it seemed....Being an election year probably made that happen as no one wanted to commit to anything until they saw who would be running against them...so the whole month of January was useless. But, taxpayers don't want to pay for government to operate like this...If a special session occurs, then make them go back without pay, bet that business would get done much faster!! We are all held accountable for the way we use the time at our jobs...so why should the legislators be any different? Political posturing and the good-ole-boy network is no longer an acceptable way to conduct our Commonwealth's business.
  • by Anonymous on May 29, 2008 at 06:28 AM
    What is wrong with the state pension system?
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