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The video version of our Forward Five for Wednesday, 2/28/18: – Pensions AND budgets in Frankfort – KY school district votes to arm teachers – Medical marijuana gets two boosts in one week – KYGA resolution asking Feds to remove hemp from MJ definition – Republican wins special election
After months of anticipation and weeks of work, the Republicans in Frankfort are planning two major events for this week: a vote on their pension bill that was recently released, AND a vote on their budget bill that will be released this week, probably today.
As noted by Rep. Linda Belcher in our recent podcast, medical marijuana continues to gain support. The movement to approve it in Kentucky got two different boosts this week.
Five Kentucky politics stories you need to know: Bevin, Massie advocate against gun control; Judge tosses Bevin administration's lawsuit over the state's OxyContin settlement; Special election for House 89; WVa governor fails to pay taxes owed to KY counties; House Republicans expect vote on budget this week.
In separate interviews on Sunday and Monday, Governor Bevin and Congressman Thomas Massie said gun control laws would not make a difference in lowering the rates of school shootings. In addition, Massie advocated for arming teachers.
The former Bevin cabinet official who is running against John Yarmuth for Congress has been rejected for a teaching position at the University of Louisville that would have paid her $200,000.
This week we talk with Linda Belcher, fresh off her landslide win for state House, and Rebekah Witherington, the chair of the Bullitt County Dems: how they won, the future of the Dems in Bullitt, and the issues that resonate. We also talk about the opioid crisis, and the surprising unity around medical marijuana.
Today's video version of the Forward Five: Plusses and minuses of the pension bill; Kentucky poison control center cut; Chris Harris, D-KY93, turns back on NRA and says it's time to do something about guns; Cigarette tax lobbying shows interest in bill; Letter sent to UofL prez over Vickie Glisson contract.
Jazmin and Robert speak with Tina Bojanowski, a Democratic candidate for Kentucky House in District 32. They also talk about the special election results in KY49, where Linda Belcher defeated Rebecca Johnson. And, they cover the new pension bill, and Gov. Bevin's lawsuit countersuit against Medicaid recipients.
Here is a quick summary of the major plusses and minuses of the new pension bill. We've also created an Explainer on "The Three Types of Retirement Plans" that lays out the differences between the three types of plans: defined benefit, defined contribution, and hybrid cash-balance.
Here is a quick Explainer of the three types of retirement plans under discussion in the Kentucky pension debate. Note that this is a summary, and not an in-depth discussion.
The long-awaited pension bill has been introduced in the Kentucky Senate as SB-1. There is a press conference scheduled for Wednesday, Feb. 21, at 10 AM. We will update this post after the press conference.