Democratic leaders wants to come to an agreement on pension plan

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (WYMT/WKYT) - Kentucky lawmakers have less than three weeks before some quasi-governmental agencies have to pay more for pension costs.

Wednesday house democratic leaders invited Governor Matt Bevin to a face-to-face meeting.

They say they want to come to an agreement on a pension plan before the July 1st deadline.

Bevin's proposal still does not have enough support to pass.

He has said he would not call a special session until the votes were there.

Sister station WKYT reports, The Kentucky Association of Sexual Assult Programs (KASAP) represents a network of 13 rape crisis centers across the state. Eight of the 13 centers are enrolled in the Kentucky Employees Retirement System.

If nothing is done by July 1st, KASAP and other quasi-public agencies could see pension contribution rates jump from 49% to about 83%.

"When we received the retirement, we were overjoyed, because it was a 5 percent employer share, basically 5.89 percent. It was that forever," said KASAP Executive Director Eileen Recktenwald. "Our staff were very underpaid with no benefits whatsoever, so that was an absolute gift and we were very grateful to have it, and now it has become a huge issue that may close us."

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