FRANKFORT, Ky (LEX 18) Hundreds of teachers, administrators, supporters and state workers gathered outside the Capitol Monday to protest Senate Bill 1, saying they will not be pushed around by lawmakers.
Senate Bill 1 is the latest pension reform bill. SB 1 went before a Senate committee Wednesday, March 7 and passed, moving on to the Senate where on Friday, it was not voted on by Senators and pushed back to the committee.
SB 1 would cut billions of dollars in benefits for teachers in an effort to remedy what has been described as the state's broken pension system.
At the “United We Stand - The People’s Movement” Rally, the protestors chanted, "the people united will never be divided," "we're going to remember in November," and "vote them out."
"It’s the future of our whole state," said Principal Bill Gatliff from Lexington. "It’s embarrassing what our legislators and our governor are trying to do to education, they’re dismantling it, and so we have to be the voices, the teachers, and the principals, and the parents for all of the kids in our state."
A look at the crowd gathered on the steps of the Capitol, protesting Senate Bill 1 regarding pension reform for teachers and state workers. They’re chanting “whatever it takes” to stop the bill and get the lawmakers who vote for it out of office. @LEX18News pic.twitter.com/MoT77dvBRd— Kylen Mills LEX 18 (@KylenMills) March 12, 2018
Secretary of State Alison Lundergan-Grimes was there, as well as Attorney General Andy Beshear.
The rally ended with the song, "We're Not Gonna Take It" by the band Twisted Sister.
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