Beshear: Drug Epidemic Should be Top Legislative Issue

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) – Kentucky’s top law enforcement officer says the most pressing issue for the new Republican state legislature should be fighting the emerging threat of synthetic drug abuse instead of rescuing a failing public pension system.

Democratic Attorney General Andy Beshear told reporters on Tuesday the drug epidemic is the state’s single greatest problem. Republicans won a majority in the state House of Representatives for the first time in nearly 100 years last month. Republican Gov. Matt Bevin has said the state’s struggling pension system and its more than $30 billion debt is the administration’s top priority.

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Beshear said the retirement system is a problem and must be fixed but noted a pension “hasn’t killed anyone’s father or mother.” Beshear and Bevin have feuded often this year, with Beshear suing Bevin three times.

 

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