a reply to: howtonhawky
The major hypocrisy lies in experiences like this:
My wife was actually pursuing a teaching degree (special education) a few years back, and as a part of that, she had to "observe" in different
classrooms and talk to different teachers about the profession.
Without fail, every teacher with whom she had discussions complained about the lack of viability with the KY pension system and their fear that, in
coming years, it would be gone altogether. Keep in mind that, as a part of the bartered deal that was the pension system, teachers do not pay into the
social security system in KY, and therefore will not have that money when they retire (which is a completely different issue altogether).
So, keeping that in mind, suddenly not even two years later, you would believe that every teacher loves and adores the KY pension system, and that any
effort to amend it so that it doesn't completely dissolve is a terrible idea.
Here's the truth about the pension reform: Not a single thing changed for already-retired teachers. For current teachers, the only thing that change
was that they put a cap on how many sick-leave days they have at the time of retirement that can go toward their retirement total (yes, they add the
total of sick leave that they have left to their retirement salary and get paid that additional amount FOR LIFE).
The biggest change is to future teachers--they will not have a government pension, but will instead have access to a 401(k) type of retirement plan
(you know, like 95% of Americans). The kicker there, though, is that the state government has agreed to match their contributions up to either 16% or
18% (I cannot remember which at the moment).
That is an insane amount of employer contribution matching, and for some reason, current teachers are getting all pissy about this.
So, here is the reality in which we live: Teacher were complaining to my wife about how insecure they felt about the failing government pension
program, yet take to protesting when the governor wants to do his best to fix the future of the system, and then complain that new teachers will not
be on the same government pension program that made them feel so insecure in the first place.
And then to top it all off, when Bevin vetoed
the budget bill that had a lot of cuts to school districts and the state senate over-rode that
veto, he's still somehow the bad guy.
It's Bizzaro World out there, and my only options are to just sit back and watch, or try to expand understanding on the topics after doing some
research--the former doesn't help, and the latter is generally met with emotional resistance. It's a lose-lose situation.