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Kentucky House Panel Advances Bevin-Backed Pension Bill

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin’s pension-relief proposal won approval from a legislative committee on Saturday, clearing its first hurdle of the mid-summer special session. The House State Government Committee approved the measure after defeating two Democratic-sponsored proposals during a three-hour hearing. The action sets the stage for a vote Monday in the… Read More

GOP Leaders: Bevin Lacks Votes to Pass Pension Bill in House

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) – Some top Republican lawmakers in Kentucky say GOP Gov. Matt Bevin hasn’t lined up enough votes yet to pass his pension bill in an expected special legislative session. House Majority Floor Leader John “Bam” Carney said Monday that Bevin is getting closer to gaining enough support. But Carney says the governor… Read More

Report: Pensions Fuel Kentucky’s $54 Billion Debt

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky is more than $54 billion in debt, with estimated unfunded retirement benefits accounting for more than 80 percent of that figure. Republican Auditor Mike Harmon issued a report on Tuesday detailing the various sources of Kentucky’s debt. Pension liabilities were the largest, accounting for $43.3 billion. That’s the total number… Read More

Miners Urge Congressional Action On Pensions, Black Lung Fund

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Retired coal miners and coal community activists are on Capitol Hill this week urging action on two important issues for miners: pensions and black lung benefits. Advocates say funds supporting both pensions for retired miners and the federal benefits for those sickened by black lung disease are at risk if Congress does not act. Pension… Read More