WKU Public Radio News Staff
Kentucky Pension Reform
Fri February 8, 2013
Kentucky Senate Passes Pension Reform Recommendations
The Kentucky Senate has passed a bill that would reform the majority of the state's pension system.
Senate Bill 2 contains the recommendations of a legislative task force on the underfunded pension system. It suspends cost of living adjustments and creates a hybrid, 401-K style pension plan for new hires.
Bill sponsor Damon Thayer says the bi-partisan support for the bill shows the need for continued cooperation on pensions.
"This is not a perfect bill," said the Georgetown Republican. "There are certainly other ways that this can be done. But in this town and in this building, when have we ever given up the good for the sake of the perfect. This is a good bill, Mr. President."
House Speaker Greg Stumbo says his chamber is still debating ways to handle the pension issue. Stumbo says any legislation must fully fund state pensions, and Senate Bill 2 currently does not.