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Teachers And Supporters Rally At State Capitol Against Bevin's Pension Plan

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (LEX 18) - Teachers and supporters fought to make their voices heard at the Scott County Courthouse Saturday, rallying against Governor Bevin's proposed pension plan.

“Keep the promise, keep the promise,” the crowd chanted at the rally.

Pension equals promise, that's the slogan educators and supporters in Scott County wrote on their signs and t-shirts. The movement is in response to Governor Bevin's pension plan he dubbed "keeping the promise."

“Teachers deserve better than that. They deserve a plan that's going to take care of them through their seventies and eighties because teachers do a lot to change and mold the country and they are so important to our state,” said former teacher and principal Randy Napier.

Napier says his daughter is studying at UK to become a teacher.

Under Governor Bevin’s plan, she will send 3 percent of her salary to a healthcare fund and invest in a 401k-style plan instead of the current retirement benefits.

Attorney and House of Representatives candidate, Greg Coulson, believes if this bill passes, the state won't attract the best teachers.

“If we keep them at this low teacher pay, and don't give them the benefit of a pension, they're going to realize they can take their master's degrees into the private sector, get the same retirement setup that the governor is promising,” said Coulson.

Public employees hope the next step is to scrap the premise of this plan, and find a new way to fund the existing pension system -- without raising taxes.

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