Lawmaker pensions become election issue in KY - WDRB 41 Louisville News

Lawmaker pensions become election issue in KY

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) -- Republican David Williams is vowing not to accept a higher pension if he wins this year's gubernatorial election.

Williams, the longtime state Senate President, would be in line for an enhanced pension if he serves even one term in the $124,000-a-year job of governor under a sweetened legislative retirement plan.

The move by Williams is intended to quash what could become a bothersome campaign issue.

Campaign manager Scott Jennings said if Williams is forced by statute to accept the higher pension he will donate the entire increase to charity.

Republican opponents have been criticizing the retirement sweetener that allows Kentucky's part-time lawmakers to receive enhanced pensions if they get better paying government jobs for at least three years.

Williams has been pressing to repeal the pension enhancement in the legislature.

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