Thursday, 22 November, 2018

Lawmakers have a budget, but strip out education to do it

Louisville Senator Dan Seum Questions Bill Sponsor Julie Raque Adams During Wednesday Afternoon Session Louisville Senator Dan Seum Questions Bill Sponsor Julie Raque Adams During Wednesday Afternoon Session Credit Stu Johnson
Ben Pena | 11 March, 2018, 16:55

Kentucky's pension fund is facing a $41 billion deficit over the next 30 years and bill sponsors say the bill is created to fill the gap by making most state agencies cut six percent and cut retirement benefits. "To focus on a 10-year-old or an 11-year-old or something like that when we're talking about the hundreds and hundreds of people that could get married". This is what we have.

After sending the bill back to committee, Senate President Stivers said it would be "difficult" to pass the bill in its current form.

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Some of the changes for current and retired teachers contained in the bill, including changes to the cost of living adjustments (COLAs), have been changed as the bill moved through the process with the reduction in COLAs being lessened in the version the Senate will vote on tomorrow.

Lawmakers continued to negotiate the terms of opioid legislation, with the Senate standing firm in its position that insurance companies should not put obstacles in the way of medication-assisted therapy. But Thursday was the first organized protest at public schools in front of parents and students.

The legislative session was dominated by a nine days teachers strike, that ended with all state employees getting a five-percent raise.

"The pay raise that was provided to teachers, school personnel and troopers and also to public employees". Sadler was one of about 50 teachers and staff from two public schools in the state Capitol who stood on the side of a busy road in frigid weather to hold signs opposing Senate bill 1. We believe we can do that through giving our teachers a voice, so that they feel like they are an important part of the policies that are set at the state, federal and local level.

Charles Clements, R-Wetzel said that "This is a very important piece of legislation to keep our royalty owners and people informed and I support this bill 110 %".

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Another bill would change penalties to make the criminal discharge of a gun within 1,000 feet of a school or place of worship eligible to be considered a terrorist act, the AP said.

"The reality is this: I'm saving the pension system. But, you know, I'm not sure they're listening to phone calls".

State lawmakers have taken painful steps to ensure the system is fully funded this year.

A consulting firm hired by the state says the changes would save taxpayers roughly $3.2 billion over the next 20 years. I'm proud because there are no new taxes on the citizens of West Virginia.

On Wednesday, Bevin said anyone opposing pension changes is "either ill-informed or willfully blind".

Louisville Senator Dan Seum voted no and cited an example of two committed 16 year olds where pregnancy is involved as a time when parental consent should be sufficient to allow for marriage.

"One of the things that we've learned is that there are issues in workplaces across the state and ours was no different", Benacquisto said.

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