Capitol Watch

Representative says Kentucky's Pension System in Need of "Surgery"

Representative says Kentucky's Pension System in Need of Representative Steven Rudy, who chairs the House Appropriations and Revenue Committee, spoke to the Kentucky League of Cities about tax and pension reform. The Paducah Republican warns fixing the state's pension system can't wait.


KLC Board of Directors Votes on 2018 Agenda

KLC Board of Directors Votes on 2018 AgendaThe Kentucky League of Cities Board of Directors met in Georgetown Thursday afternoon to vote on issues to be included in the 2018 Legislative Agenda.


KLC Board of Directors Names 2017 Friend of Kentucky Cities

KLC Board of Directors Names 2017 Friend of Kentucky Cities The Board voted Thursday, at the summer meeting, to name 14 lawmakers as "Friend of Kentucky Cities." The board selected the winners based on their advocacy for local rule and KLC Legislative Priorities.


More Talk of Changing Assumption Rates for CERS and Other Plans

More Talk of Changing Assumption Rates for CERS and Other PlansDiscussions resumed Tuesday about setting assumption rates for three plans managed by the Kentucky Retirement Systems, including the County Employees Retirement System. The KRS Investment Committee talked about what it will recommend when the Board of Trustees meets in July.


Senator McDaniel Sees Special Session as a Sure Bet

Senator McDaniel Sees Special Session as a Sure Bet Kentucky Senator Chris McDaniel sat down with KLC to talk about pension and tax reform and what he would like to see in a special session this fall.


Board Provides Update on KentuckyWired Project

Board Provides Update on KentuckyWired ProjectTwo years after construction began on the KentuckyWired project, plan administrators say it's still a work in progress.


Kentucky Senator Joe Bowen Talks About Kentucky's Pension Problems

Kentucky Senator Joe Bowen Talks About Kentucky's Pension Problems KLC sat down with Kentucky Senator Joe Bowen to talk about CERS separation, the crisis with KERS & SPRS funding, and what the state will have to consider to fix it.


KLC Leaders Connect with Congressional Delegation in DC

KLC Leaders Connect with Congressional Delegation in DCMembers of the Kentucky League of Cities Federal Relations Committee flew into Washington, D.C., in May to meet with all of Kentucky's Members of Congress and their key staff. The group focused on several legislative priorities including key discretionary programs, preservation of the income tax exemption on municipal bonds, increased infrastructure investment and preservation of local control.


Governor Bevin attributes right-to-work law for investment boom

Governor Bevin attributes right-to-work law for investment boom The governor joined the senate president and secretary of the Cabinet for Economic Development on Friday to announce the state has already seen $5.8 billion in business investment in Kentucky. They attribute the state's new right-to-work law and question a lawsuit, filed Thursday, that aims to stop it.


Group gives lawmakers results of study into state's pension system

Group gives lawmakers results of study into state's pension systemA group presented to the Public Pension Oversight Board Monday the results of its study, ordered by Governor Bevin, that looked into how the state's pension system got into a multibillion-dollar funding shortfall.


KRS Board of Trustees tables vote on CERS pension rates

KRS Board of Trustees tables vote on CERS pension rates Debate over where to set the payroll and investment rate for CERS plans resulted in the Kentucky Retirement Systems Board of Trustees voting to delay action on those proposals until more information is gathered from an actuary.


New 911 Board does little in first meeting

New 911 Board does little in first meeting Governor Bevin issued an executive order Wednesday that replaced the local officials who served on the Kentucky 911 Services Board with four state officials and a private citizen appointee. Those five held a special meeting Thursday that lasted only minutes.


KLC heads to Washington, D.C. to talk about city needs

KLC heads to Washington, D.C. to talk about city needsA delegation of eleven will fly into the nation's capital Monday to talk to Kentucky's Members of Congress about how they can work with local officials to improve communities in Kentucky.


Big pension changes could be on the horizon

Big pension changes could be on the horizon The Kentucky Retirement Systems Board of Trustees is meeting Thursday to take action on actuarial assumptions. It may change the rates in such a way that drastically impacts city budgets.


2017 Legislative Update

2017 Legislative UpdateWith the 2017 legislative session now in the books, we took time to look through the 190 bills passed by the legislature to compile a list of those that impact Kentucky's cities the most.


KLC talks city control to Kenyan leaders

KLC talks city control to Kenyan leaders A group of leaders from the Republic of Kenya is in Frankfort hoping to learn how Kentucky successfully manages so many levels of government, including hundreds of cities. Deputy Executive Director J.D. Chaney told them, it's all about local decision-making.


Company to make $1.3 billion investment in Kentucky

Company to make $1.3 billion investment in KentuckyGovernor Bevin announced Wednesday Braidy Industries will build an aluminum mill in Greenup County that will employee 550 people.


Court battle continues over reorganization of KRS Board

Court battle continues over reorganization of KRS Board A court hearing was held Wednesday morning in a lawsuit filed by ousted KRS Board of Trustees chairman Tommy Elliott against Governor Bevin.


Public Pension Oversight Board talks about separating CERS from KRS

Public Pension Oversight Board talks about separating CERS from KRS Members of the board heard from the Kentucky League of Cities, and others supporting separation of CERS from KRS, during testimony Monday afternoon.


Retirement Board waiting on expected special session

Retirement Board waiting on expected special session The Kentucky Retirement Systems Board of Trustees met Thursday morning to discuss ongoing concerns about funding, and a possible special session later this year.


Talks continue in effort to separate retirement systems

Talks continue in effort to separate retirement systems The Kentucky League of Cities Governmental Affairs branch joined other city and county leaders Monday morning to talk about the future of SB 226 with Senator Joe Bowen.


Executive Branch Budget Provisions of Interest to Kentucky Cities

The final version of the Executive Branch budget has been approved. There are several items of importance to Kentucky cities.