KENTUCKY CHAMBER STATEMENT ON SENATE BILL 1

  • FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
    February 27, 2018
     
    KENTUCKY CHAMBER STATEMENT ON SENATE BILL 1
     
    On Tuesday, the Kentucky Chamber released the following statement about pension reforms in Senate Bill 1:
     
    The Kentucky Chamber supports the basic provisions in Senate Bill 1 to put Kentucky on a path toward solvency and protect taxpayers from uncontrollable costs. The business community is encouraged by structural reforms put forth in Senate Bill 1, many of which the Chamber has advocated for many years, including ensuring a disciplined approach to requiring responsible payments into the systems, recognizing the imbalance caused by public employees living longer on average than when the systems were created, and lessening the large financial burden of the systems’ liabilities being placed solely on taxpayers. Senate Bill 1 would create greater consistency across all of Kentucky’s retirement plans and keep promises made to state workers.
     
    Inaction is not an option. It is clear the state’s retirement systems are in trouble. Structural changes are necessary in order to ensure the retirement security of current, future, and retired public employees. By honoring the commitments made and tackling this issue now, we can refocus attention on priorities that will move the state forward such as education, economic development, transportation funding and other pro-growth policies.
     
    While many business leaders have called for even stronger reforms more akin to private sector practices, we commend the legislature for working to accommodate multiple interests and competing priorities for scarce state dollars. The Chamber looks forward to reviewing further information on Senate Bill 1. Now is the time to help the state’s woefully underfunded systems and put Kentucky on a sustainable path.
     
    Media Contact:
    Communications Manager
    502-848-8752

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    Tuesday, February 27, 2018

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