Lexington Herald-Leader - - Opinion -

Dur­ing last spring’s leg­isla­tive ses­sion, our gov­er­nor and his sup­port­ers at­tached a large-scale pen­sion re­form mea­sure to a bill re­lated pri­mar­ily to sewage.

It was a pa­thetic irony that af­ter sev­eral failed at­tempts to push through ill-con­ceived pen­sion re­form mea­sures, Gov. Matt Bevin and his sup­port­ers would try to ram­rod through a mas­sive over­haul of state work­ers’ pen­sions by at­tempt­ing to hide it in leg­is­la­tion aimed at sewage. State and na­tional me­dia had a field day. Pro­tes­tors flooded the cap­i­tal and Bevin ac­cused them of be­ing re­spon­si­ble for chil­dren be­ing mo­lested.

Re­cently the Supreme Court struck down the bill. Now Bevin has been at it again, call­ing a hastily or­ga­nized and ill-con­ceived spe­cial ses­sion to in­tro­duce pen­sion re­form bills that vir­tu­ally no one had read or had time to an­a­lyze. The pur­pose was, of course, to push through pen­sion re­form once again with no fi­nan­cial anal­y­sis and no time to un­der­stand fully the bill’s im­pact.

When we al­low lead­ers to dec­i­mate the rules for run­ning our gov­ern­ment, we are beg­ging for ex­treme abuse of power. Ob­vi­ously that les­son has been com­pletely lost on a por­tion of our leg­is­la­ture and our gov­er­nor.

– Ernie Whis­man


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