Public Pension Task Force en Pension Bill Passes Senate Committee, House Still Has Hang-ups <p></p><p>FRANKFORT —&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">An effort to reform Kentucky's underfunded pension systems passed in its first hearing Wednesday from a state Senate committee meeting.</span></p><p>Senate Bill 2 stems from the <a href="/post/what-do-about-kentuckys-struggling-pension-systems-task-force-makes-recommendations">recommendations of a legislative task force</a> that met over the summer to try and solve the pension problems.</p><p>It includes a suspension of cost of living adjustments and creates a new hybrid plan that acts like a 401K with a promised rate of return.</p> Wed, 06 Feb 2013 20:13:26 +0000 Kenny Colston 3844 at Pension Bill Passes Senate Committee, House Still Has Hang-ups Coalition Rallies Against Big Changes to Kentucky Public Pensions <p></p><p>FRANKFORT — Current Kentucky state employees and retirees packed the Capitol Rotunda to encourage lawmakers to rethink some proposals made by a task force on public pensions last year.</p><p>Calling themselves the Kentucky Public Pension Coalition, the group of more than a dozen interested organizations encouraged their members to tell lawmakers not to switch to a hybrid pension plan for new hires and to reinstate cost of living adjustments every year.</p> Thu, 10 Jan 2013 19:14:48 +0000 Kenny Colston 3356 at Coalition Rallies Against Big Changes to Kentucky Public Pensions Economic Group Encourages Lawmakers Not to Switch Pensions to 401k Style Plans <p>A relatively new economic think tank in Kentucky has released a report that pushes back on calls to cut the state&#39;s pension benefits.</p><p>The report from the Kentucky Center for Economic Policy says the idea that public pensioners are well-compensated compared to their private sector counterparts is a myth.</p><p>&ldquo;If you fairly compare what public workers receive at this point in Kentucky, compared to the private sector in total compensated, wages and benefits, you find that they are actually somewhat under-compensated,&quot; says KCEP director Jason Bailey.</p> Wed, 18 Jul 2012 21:31:24 +0000 Kenny Colston 1056 at Pension Task Force Says Everything is "On the Table" at First Meeting <p>A group of Kentucky lawmakers has a new summer assignment&hellip;shoring up the state&rsquo;s failing pension systems.</p><p>At least two of Kentucky&rsquo;s six pension plans are at a high risk for failure. And their troubles have been highlighted by Bloomberg, the New York Times and the Pew Center.</p><p>In response, the state has formed a public pension task force. Co-chairman Mike Cherry says he&#39;s dedicated to find a solution, and it may not be pretty.</p><p>&ldquo;From my standpoint, everything&rsquo;s on the table for this summer interim session,&rdquo; he says.</p> Mon, 02 Jul 2012 19:36:30 +0000 Kenny Colston 885 at