• Gov. Bevin's current budget proposal would force some retired teachers to pay up to an additional $500-$800 each month for healthcare. Why is Frankfort targeting retirees living on a fixed income?

Each pension-reform proposal that has been released to date by Gov. Matt Bevin or members of the Kentucky legislature essentially requires Kentucky’s retired teachers to “bail out” our state government from its fiduciary responsibility owed to the Teacher’s Retirement System (TRS).

A pension isn’t a bald promise or a luxury. Rather, it’s an agreed-upon form of compensation established under Kentucky law that provides our teachers with retirement benefits in exchange for a lifetime of educating our children.

Ever since TRS was initially funded in 1940, Kentucky teachers have faithfully, dutifully, and religiously contributed into this retirement system each pay period while our elected officials have failed to live up to their end of the bargain. For almost a decade — from 2007 to 2016 — state officials failed to make the required contributions to TRS – despite funding their own pensions and relaxing their own pension rules.

Now that our retirement system is in crisis, our elected officials in Frankfort want retired teachers to write off this debt without making any financial sacrifices of their own. This is morally inconsistent with Kentucky’s values and principles.

We must teach Frankfort that it needs to pay its debts and provide the more than 52,000 retired public-school teachers, administrators, and staff members with the secure retirement benefits they were promised and expected when they retired.

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Statement from Tim Abrams, Executive Director of KRTA, regarding latest pension proposal


  While we applaud Frankfort for recognizing that switching to a defined contribution plan would be disastrous for both retired teachers and Kentucky taxpayers, we still are extremely concerned about certain provisions in SB1 that essentially shore up the pension fund on the backs of our current and retired teachers. This is especially disappointing in…

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FEB. 28 – Supporters Asked to Attend Hearing Planned for New Pension Bill


Senator Joe Bowen’s office has confirmed that the plan is to hear SB 1 in the Senate’s State and Local Government Committee meeting next Wednesday, February 28 at noon in room 154 of the Capital Annex.  Members of the Senate State Government Committee are as follows: Joe Bowen [Chair] Sen. Stan Humphries [Vice Chair] Sen.…

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Statement from Tim Abrams, Executive Director of KRTA, regarding latest pension proposal


  While we applaud Frankfort for recognizing that switching to a defined contribution plan would be disastrous for both retired teachers and Kentucky taxpayers, we still are extremely concerned about certain provisions in SB1 that essentially shore up the pension fund on the backs of our current and retired teachers. This is especially disappointing in…

read more...

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