The Kentucky Council for the Social Studies condemns the actions of state representatives who, in an attempt to pass unpopular pension legislation, attached the bill to one focused on sewage. The amendment to SB 151, introduced by representatives Jonathan Shell and John “Bam” Carney made it through the House and Senate last night, and only needs the signature of the Governor. This bill was introduced and voted on without public comment, and although a statement exists, it lacks a true actuarial analysis, citing a report from March 6th. One of the most upsetting aspects of this bill is that by all accounts it does little to address the pension shortfall in the state, thus becoming more punitive to teachers than anything.
The council sees the tactics used to push the bill through as reckless, and view this backroom dealing as another attack on public education. Conversely, the council would like to thank state representatives who voted against the bill and who continue to champion our public education system and teachers.
Bill Sponsor, John "Bam" Carney contact information: http://www.lrc.ky.gov/legislator/H051.htm
Annex: 502-564-8100 Ext. 660
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