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House OK’s $3.3 billion loan for teachers’ pension fund

The Kentucky House of Representatives has approved the largest loan in state history to help rescue the troubled teacher’s retirement system.

The Kentucky Teachers’ Retirement System pays $ 144 million in benefits every month but only has a little more than half the money it needs to continue making those payments. House lawmakers approved a $3.3 billion loan earlier this week that would take advantage of historically low interest rates to help keep the system afloat by lowering the state’s required annual contribution.

But the bill pushed by Rep. Greg Stumbo faces long odds in the Republicancontrolled Senate, where lawmakers say they are worried about borrowing money to pay off a debt. (AP)

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