prunty 300BELTON, Ky. (9/11/17) — My last column dealt entirely with the state pension crisis that is ongoing at this point. We are currently waiting for Gov. Bevin and his staff to send us a proposal with their recommendations as to a plan to save the pension systems over the long haul.

We have been informed by House Leadership that the conversations are ongoing and many of the concerns that you as constituents have expressed to me via Facebook, emails, phone calls, face-to-face conversations and green slips are being taken into consideration.

Be assured I am forwarding ideas and suggestions for solutions onto the Governor’s staff who are helping him put his proposal together. I have had some suggestions from various folks who are currently employed by the state in various capacities, current retirees and non-state employees, some who are married to retired teachers but who do not want taxes levied on the backs of their children, who are just entering the workforce in order to pay for the deficits.

I can assure you that I want to do what is right and fair to all. I have asked for a thorough history of how we got to the point that we are and I desire that anyone that truly needs to be held accountable be made to do so regardless of party affiliation. I feel it is important to know how we got here in order not to repeat the same mistakes moving forward.

Again, I would encourage you to go to the websites listed below for more thorough information as we move forward. No one believes that 100 percent of the recommendations by PFM Group will be implemented. House Leadership knows that many of those recommendations were very extreme and are advocating for a plan that falls somewhere in the middle. The goals are to put in place a strong foundation for future solvency as well as to recognize the budgetary impact and its direct impact to the people.

https://pensions.ky.gov/Pages/index.aspx
 
Within the website you can dive further into the three main state pension systems; each includes more than one pension system.

https://kyret.ky.gov/Pages/index.aspx
https://trs.ky.gov/administration/
https://kjfrs.ky.gov/Pages/index.aspx
 
Since my last column I attended an Interim Joint Education Committee Meeting at the University of the Cumberlands in Williamsburg; attended the House meeting to hear the PFM recommendations regarding the state pension systems; attended the Regional Meeting of the Kentucky School Boards Association http://www.ksba.org/ that was hosted at Webster County; met with Fish & Wildlife and constituents regarding options for trail riding for horses in Muhlenberg County; attended the Cruise-in Car Show over Labor Day; attended a Hopkins County Fiscal Court meeting and was able to present a citation for the creation of the ATV Park at Barnsley; attended the Pennyroyal Center Genesis West’s grand opening of their new facility for dual diagnosis of both substance abuse disorder and mental health issues which constituents of the 15th District can access for help; attended the Young Republican’s Club Meeting at West Campus in Muhlenberg; presented citations to the three members of the Outlaws who live in the 15th District for their achievements of winning both the Grand Slam World Series of Baseball Championship in Panama City Beach, Florida in June and the Kentucky BPA State Championship in Owensboro July 9; met with Larry Taylor, the Executive Director of the Kentucky Autism Training Center in Louisville to discuss how to move forward on HR 131; visited the Senior Citizens Center in Powderly; at the encouragement of a Guard constituent attended and participated in the Opening Ceremonies of the National Guard Association of the United States annual conference that was held in Louisville; participated in the first WAR (Women Advocating Recovery) Revival in Greenville; and, heard Shooter Jennings at Friday Night Live in Madisonville. I continue along the way to meet with and address various constituents concerns assisting in whatever ways that I can.
 
I want to thank you once again for allowing me to be your voice in The People’s House. I welcome your comments and concerns on any issue and can be reached, regardless if in session or not, through the toll-free message line in Frankfort at-1-800-372-7181 or you can contact me via e-mail at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Please follow me on Facebook @melindagibbonsprunty.

You can also keep track of committee meetings and potential legislation through the Kentucky Legislature Home Page at www.lrc.ky.gov

Note: Representative Melinda Gibbons Prunty represents the 15th House District serving Muhlenberg and SE Hopkins Counties which includes White Plains, Morton’s Gap, Anton as well as sections of Nortonville, Earlington and SE Madisonville. She is Vice-Chair of the Health & Family Services Committee and serves as a member of the Education, IT & Small Business, Medicaid Advisory & Oversight Committees as well as the Budget Review Subcommittee on Education. She has also been appointed to and serves on the House Adoption Work Group.

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