PENSION BILL, PART 2
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