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Proposed state budget could take $1B from teacher pensions

By John Cheves, Lexington Herald-Leader

The Kentucky Senate passed a state budget bill Thursday taking aim at school teachers in several ways, such as dropping the guaranteed $2,000 pay raise promised by Democratic Gov. Andy Beshear and withholding $1.13 billion in their pension funding unless "structural changes" are made to cut retirement benefits for newly hired teachers.

Teachers who are locked out of the state Capitol because of the novel coronavirus shutdown said they were outraged that lawmakers would seize on this "time of crisis" to try again to reduce their pension benefits. Past efforts by lawmakers to change teacher pensions resulted in protests at the Capitol and statewide sick-outs. "I feel like we've been slapped in the face," said Eddie Campbell, president of the Kentucky Education Association in a video posted on Facebook.


This story was posted on 2020-03-20 13:03:12
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