23 Sept 2017 – town hall meeting on public employee pension systems in Frankfort

Senator Carroll and Rep. Graham to hold town hall meeting on public employee pension systems in Frankfort

Senator Julian M. Carroll and Rep. Derrick Graham, both D-Frankfort, are holding a town hall meeting on the public employee pension systems on September 23 at 9 a.m. at Frankfort City Hall.

The town hall meeting will address public employee pension systems and the concerns of all state employees, county system employees (CERS), teachers and retirees from each of the pension systems.

Senator Carroll and Rep. Graham will be available to hear concerns, respond to questions, and share their opposition to some of the proposed recommendations by the PFM Consulting Group hired to evaluate the retirement systems.

The legislators encourage all state employees, county employees, teachers and retirees to attend the public meeting.

Governor Matt Bevin has repeatedly said he will call legislators into a special session to address the unfunded pension systems.

“Currently, there is not a proposal to address the pension shortfalls,” said Senator Carroll. “But, be assured, I do not support violating our inviolable contract with current vested employees and teachers or retirees.”

Rep. Graham said the state should honor its obligation to its employees and retirees and not put this burden on their backs. “We have a commitment to our employees and our retirees and we need to stand behind that commitment,” he added.

Senator Carroll said he plans to hold town hall meetings in all the counties in the 7th district that he represents. Those counties are Anderson, Franklin, Gallatin, Owen, and Woodford counties. Rep. Graham represents the 57th district of Franklin County. The town hall meeting will be in the council chamber meeting room at city hall.

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