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Gov. Matt Bevin’s viral comments criticizing a teacher rally at the Capitol have caught the attention of state and national media, and a new poll suggests the remarks may have hurt his standing with voters.

Josh James / WUKY

The axiom that "politics makes strange bedfellows" held true in Frankfort Friday, with the GOP-led Kentucky General Assembly walking back sweeping vetoes of the entire two-year state budget and tax bill by a Republican governor and Democrats in rare alignment with their chief political foe.

Josh James / WUKY

The war of words between Gov. Matt Bevin and the statewide professional association representing teachers is escalating as the legislative session nears its end. Meanwhile, educators and their allies continued staging walk-in protests Thursday ahead of a planned demonstration at the Capitol while rallies sprang up at public universities.

Josh James / WUKY

Kentucky’s top law enforcement official is taking aim at the state’s freshly-signed pension reform bill. Unions representing public school teachers and police are also lending their names to the lawsuit.

Josh James / WUKY

Lexington Mayor Jim Gray is reassuring residents the city has sufficient contingency funds socked away to deal with a potential spike in pension costs, no matter how the issue shakes out in the final days of the 2018 legislative session. The message was part of the mayor’s annual budget address Tuesday.

Josh James / WUKY

Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin has vetoed the state budget and a hastily-passed tax overhaul approved by the GOP-led House and Senate – a decision has pit the governor against high-ranking members of his own party.

Kentucky Teachers Vow To Flex Their Political Muscle

Apr 6, 2018
Josh James / WUKY

ruised by their fight over pensions, Kentucky teachers are mobilizing like never before to support legislative candidates who pass a key political test: support for public education.

Josh James / WUKY

School districts closed their doors across the commonwealth Monday as teachers descended on the state Capitol to voice their displeasure with eleventh-hour pension changes and a state budget they worry will deal another blow to public education.

Kentucky Lawmakers Pass Pension Overhaul Despite Protests

Mar 29, 2018
Josh James / WUKY

Republican lawmakers in Kentucky passed a pension overhaul Thursday that preserves benefits for most workers and does little in the short-term to address the state's massive debt.

Bill Cutting Teacher Benefits Advances In Kentucky

Mar 7, 2018
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A bill cutting benefits for retired public school teachers cleared a key hurdle in the Kentucky legislature on Wednesday over the loud protests from educators chanting: “Vote them out!”

A state Senate committee voted 7-4 to advance Senate bill 1. It’s the first step for the bill to become law. If approved by the Senate and House of Representatives, retired teachers would see their annual cost-of-living raises cut by 33 percent for the next 12 years or until the system is at least 90 percent funded.

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