Government workers rally against pension reform in Bevin’s backyard

FRANKFORT, Ky. (WTVQ) – Critics of Governor Matt Bevin’s pension reform plan brought their opposition to his doorstep.

Hundreds of government workers gathered on the courthouse steps, calling on Governor Bevin to rethink his proposed plan for the pension system.

They explain Bevin’s job is easy, keep the promise they say he made to them.

“When they were hired, they were told they’d have a pension,” said retired Public Health Educator Joyce Adkins. “Guess what. They’re now being told, ‘We’re moving you to 401k. You don’t get that pension.”

The government workers want Bevin to find other ways of funding Kentucky’s $33 billion pension deficit.

Some suggested raising taxes, saying government workers do so much for the community, they think it’s only fair they get something in return.

“We clean the roads, we protect our streets, we fight the fires, we make sure the court house can keep operating,” said Rockcastle County teacher Erin Grace. “If people think those things are important, then people need to pay for it. They way you pay for it is through taxes.”

The workers say they’re going to let their legislators know exactly how they feel, every chance they get.

They say, if the plan passes, they plan to vote Bevin out of office in the next election.

“That goes for all the people that sit in this building too,” said Fayette County Schools employee Nema Brewer. “No matter if you’re in the House or the Senate. I don’t care if you’re Republican or Democrat. I don’t care what you are. If you vote for this bill, you ain’t going to be back.”

 

 

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