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Benefits may change for retired teachers




“All teachers, retired and current, need to become aware of the dangers to our retirement benefits,” says Joyce Whitaker, president of the Letcher County Retired Teachers. “There’s a movement to change our ‘defined benefit’ retirement in which we receive a retirement check for as long as we live to a ‘contributed benefit,’ similar to a 401K in which our benefits could run out before our end of life.”

A commission appointed by Gov. Ernie Fletcher last April has published a report of recommendations. The report appeared in the Lexington Herald-Leader December 19.

Things being considered include:

• Cut out the automatic costof living adjustment.

• Change number of years required for retirement.

• Change health benefits.

• Change retirement plan. “All teachers should write or call their senator and representa- tive to ask them to keep our retirement safe from grasping politicians who have created this mess by underfunding the retirement system for many years,” said Whitaker. “A handwritten letter gets the most response. Retired teachers who do not belong to the Kentucky Retired Teachers Association should join as soon as possible. This is the only organization for the benefit of retired teachers and they go to bat for us in Frankfort. Contact me at 633-3449 for more information. I can help.”

The address for Sen. Johnny Ray Turner is 85 KY Route 1101, Drift, KY 41619, (LRC) 502- 564-8100, (home) 606-377- 6962; for Rep. Leslie Combs is 245 E. Cedar Dr., Pikeville, KY 41501, (LRC) 502-564-8100, (home) 606-477-6672, (work) 606-218-5215; for Rep. Ancel Smith is 1812 Wiley Fork Rd., Leburn, KY 48131, (LRC) 502- 564-8100, (home) 606-785- 3844.


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