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Beshear's lawsuit calls for the pension bill that was signed into law by Gov. Bevin a day earlier to be declared unconstitutional, in addition to a temporary injunction to block the implementation of the law while this litigation proceeds.
Gov. Bevin issued a veto on Thursday for House Bill 362, which would allow local governments and school boards to phase in increased employer pension costs over a 10-year period, in addition to the option of letting employers withdraw from the Kentucky Retirement Systems (KRS) with a buy out.
Two days after the last flurry of bills passed in the General Assembly, spam-like texts from an unknown group are urging voters to call the governor and ask him to veto the pension bill, while the Republican Party of Kentucky is targeting Democratic legislators with robocalls for being against funding education.
While a legal fight will ensure on the pension bill passed Thursday, there is still major legislation that the General Assembly must resolve on Monday dealing with the state's two-year budget and phasing in pension cost increases for local governments on Monday.
Gov. Bevin said a pension bill that lowers dramatic increases to the pension costs of local governments is "a bad bill" that shouldn't pass, though Mayor Fischer says Louisville will face "draconian" cuts if it doesn't, as he hopes for a compromise that includes tax reform and new revenue.
The actions of the Kentucky General Assembly on pensions and the two-year state budget in the final days of the 2018 legislative session will have a large impact on the budgets of Louisville Metro Government, JCPS and UofL.
Just a day after apologizing to an audience of teachers in Murray over his recent rhetoric criticizing them, Gov. Matt Bevin said in a radio interview Tuesday that teachers aggressively protesting his pension reform bill have a "thug mentality."
As his pension bill begins to stall in Frankfort amid growing protests by teachers, Gov. Matt Bevin blasted those critics in a radio interview Wednesday morning as "remarkably selfish and shortsighted," comparing their opposition to those who would have refused to comply with rationing during World War II.
Attorney General Andy Beshear told state legislators that the new legislation to substantially alter the public pension system for state workers is illegal and would be struck down in a lawsuit if passed, as it violates the inviolable contract of benefits promised to them under state law.
Republicans have finally filed a pension bill in the Kentucky General Assembly, though it varies greatly from the original proposal of Gov. Bevin last fall to move most state workers into a 401(k)-style plan.