Posts Tagged ‘John Tilley’

Kentucky Pension Crisis as Metaphor

Tuesday, March 19th, 2013

Legislators on Kentucky Tonight not only brought their verbal skills to the table Monday night; the discussion was replete with metaphors and analogies too, as both Democrats and Republicans took stabs (oops!) at explaining why the General Assembly hasn’t passed a much- needed public employee pension plan.

With only two days remaining in the session next week, both houses are mired in a debate over details of the plan and how pensions will be funded in the future.

Kentucky is staring a billion dollar unfunded liability in the current plan right in the face with no solution in sight. Negotiations between desperate House and Senate ideas are supposed to take place this week in order to avoid a special session of the legislature which the governor says he might call if a bill is not agreed to by March 26th.

Senate Majority Floor Leader Damon Thayer was the leadoff man last night, followed by Rep. John Tilley, Sen. Morgan McGarvey and Rep. John “Bam” Carney. Thayer began the discussion with a brief re-cap of pension legislation up to this point:

There were other bills discussed last night—hemp, fixes to “pill mill” legislation passed last year, raising the high school graduation age from 16 to 18 and others which you can see and hear by viewing the full program.

Task Force on Penal Code on Kentucky Tonight

Wednesday, December 15th, 2010

Over the past decade, Kentucky has had one of the fastest growing prison populations in the nation. This high rate of prison expansion is not due to an increase in crime; Kentucky’s serious crime rate has been well below that of the nation and other southern states since the 1960s. So, what is driving the increase in prison growth?

There are a number of factors: an increase in arrests and court cases, the high percentage of offenders being sent to prison, and an increase in the admission to prison of drug offenders.

A state task force has been meeting for months to come up with solutions for the growing prison population and operating Kentucky the penal facilities. The task force has been working with the Pew Center on the States. A report and recommendations will be presented to the 2011 General Assembly.

Monday on Kentucky Tonight we will be talking about the problem, what the task force has uncovered and what some of the answers might be for the state.

Scheduled guests are:

- State Senator Tom Jensen, R-London, chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee and co-chair of the 2010 Task Force on the Penal Code and Controlled Substances Act

- State Representative John Tilley, D-Hopkinsville, chair of the House Judiciary Committee and co-chair of the 2010 Task Force on the Penal Code and Controlled Substances Act

- Secretary Michael Brown of the Kentucky Justice and Public Safety Cabinet

- Chief Justice John Minton of the Kentucky Supreme Court

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