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Sweet Pension Deals Are Where It’s At

July 31st, 2009 · 7 Comments

As you already know, Governor Steve Beshear is offering state senators enriched pensions and state jobs in exchange for the open seats.

Kentucky Roll Call has the skinny.

And what is giving “slot machines at racetracks” its extra zip right now and causing a buzz around the capitol about a possible special session before year’s end? The enabler is enriched pensions for legislators!

Saving Kentucky’s signature industry and finding good people to serve in government has been the governor’s spin on slots and on a Republican senator’s departure from the Senate. But in reality the taproot, which has given rise to the new zip and buzz, is lawmakers’ pensions.

It’s new twist that has embolden the pro-gambling forces — leading them to think the Democrats could, possibly, gain control of the Senate, and, therefore, the Legislature could enact a slots’ bill, before Christmas.

The governor can now bestow government jobs worth $1 million or more in extra pension benefits in exchange for a lawmaker’s resignation from the Senate, creating an open Senate seat that Democrats might win in a special election.

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Tags: Gambling · Steve Beshear · Wasted Money

7 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Nancy J. Kemper // Jul 31, 2009 at 6:52 pm

    It might be legal, but it doesn’t pass the smell test. The legislators have certainly enriched themselves at the public trough through this legislation. Most of the general public didn’t even notice, much less understand the implications when it was passed. Moreover, the dangling carrot of a full-time job in state government can hardly be perceived as anything other than a bribe–a legal bribe, to be sure, but it stinks to high heaven.

  • 2 Forks of Elkhorn // Jul 31, 2009 at 7:46 pm

    Rumor has it this scheme of the governor’s might be visited on a senator in Jefferson County. That’s being said all over Kentucky Dam Village tonight.

  • 3 jake // Jul 31, 2009 at 7:49 pm

    You’re supposed to name names, holmes. That’s why I allow you to comment anonymously!

  • 4 Forks of Elkhorn // Jul 31, 2009 at 7:54 pm

    Now Jake, you’re no dummy – how many Republican senators from Louisville would Beshear be interested in? There ain’t that many. The would-be Democratic nominee is doing most of the talking back in Louisville and word managed to travel down here. You know, there’s a little political event going on down this way.

  • 5 jake // Jul 31, 2009 at 8:02 pm

    HA! I’m just giving you a hard time.

    I know Seum would probably sell out in a heartbeat. He’s insane.

    But Beshear would be even more insane to give that many anything.

  • 6 Annex Regent // Aug 1, 2009 at 10:15 am

    Ernie Fletcher was a piker compared to the likes of Beshear and Stumbo and Abramson. Thank God the Lexington Herald Leader is starting to call out some corruption that has plagued Kentucky for decades.

  • 7 Mary Williams // Aug 3, 2009 at 10:09 am

    Let’s not forget that Bully Williams is one of the key members to hatch this scheme of legislative self-enhancement. It was his and Fletcher’s brain child, along with some in the house, to fatten their pockets.

    Once again Kentucky politics knows how to pay themselves… It’s a shame that can’t do the same for Kentucky!!!