SAVE OUR PENSION:  Fully Fund Kentucky Teachers Retirement System in 2014!

SAVE OUR PENSION: Fully Fund Kentucky Teachers Retirement System in 2014!

    1. Petition by

      Jefferson County Teachers Association

In 1938, the State of Kentucky entered into an inviolable contract to provide pension benefits to its teachers.  According to state law KRS 161.714, these pension benefits are teachers’ earned compensation promised by the State and the State must fund them.  Why did the Legislature promise this to teachers all those years ago?  Because Kentucky’s children deserve the best education, and they knew that pension security ensures that every child is taught by professionals who have put in the time and effort to earn the qualifications needed to give our children the education they deserve.

Since the Kentucky Teachers Retirement System (KTRS) was founded, teachers have always contributed a significant portion of their salary towards their retirement.  No teacher has ever missed a payment or paid late since the pension fund was founded in 1938.  However, since 2008 the State has not made the required annual contributions for teachers’ pensions.  If Kentucky continues to neglect its obligation to fund teachers’ retirement, KTRS funds will be exhausted by 2036.  This is a CRISIS situation!

SIGN TODAY TO TELL GOVERNOR STEVE BESHEAR TO FULLY FUND KTRS IN 2014!

What will YOU be doing in 2036?  Kentucky teachers won’t be able to afford to retire if the Legislature doesn’t fully fund KTRS NOW!  Without a secure pension, thousands upon thousands of Kentucky teachers will retire into abject poverty.  Without a secure future, the best young teachers will not stay in the classroom.  We cannot risk the future of our teachers and our children.  We MUST make sure Kentucky meets its obligation. 

The Promise of an inviolable contract for pension security made to Kentucky teachers in 1938 means nothing without the actions of our Governor and our Legislature to back it up today.  We need YOU to stand with us to support Kentucky teachers and students!

Sign this petition today to tell Governor Steve Beshear to FULLY FUND KTRS in 2014! 

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SAVE OUR PENSION: Fully Fund Kentucky Teachers Retirement System in 2014!

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    1. URGENT KTRS ACTION: March 11 is TELL RICK RAND Call in Day!

      Tell Rick Rand: It’s time to refinance the debt on KTRS! Support bonding now!
      Unfortunately, Governor Beshear’s budget doesn’t include any additional funding until 2017 to help make up for the shortfall that has been accumulating since 2008. Officials at KTRS say the Kentucky Legislature must act NOW to provide funding in addition to that proposed by Governor Beshear in order to save our retirement system.
      Join us on March 4th to TELL House Budget Chair RICK RAND that FUNDING FOR KTRS CAN’T WAIT! (800-372-7181)

      What can YOU do to help?

      1. Call or email your legislators today and ask them to support bonding for KTRS.
      2. Call the Kentucky Legislative Hotline (800-372-7181) and tell House Budget Chair Rick Rand that you demand that the Legislature fulfill their legal obligation to fund KTRS in full every biennium.
      TOGETHER WE CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE!

    2. Reached 12,500 signatures
    3. URGENT ACTION NEEDED: JANUARY 16 IS KTRS CALL-IN DAY!

      Thank you for all of the ways that you have helped us spread the word about the Kentucky Teachers Retirement System funding crisis. Now it’s time for YOU to help us send the message to Frankfort so that Governor Steve Beshear and the entire Legislature hear us loud and clear: FULLY FUND KTRS IN 2014!!!
      To make sure that our voices are heard, we have designated January 16th as KTRS Call-in Day. Here’s how YOU can help:
      • On January 16, call Governor Steve Beshear (502-564-2611), and tell him that you’re counting on him to provide full funding for KTRS in his 2014 budget proposal.
      • Call your legislators on the Legislative Hotline (800-372-7181) and tell them that you need them to support fully funding KTRS in 2014.
      • Follow up your calls with an email to Governor Beshear and the Legislative In-box to tell the Governor and your legislators why KTRS is important to you.
      • Share our petition on Facebook and Twitter.
      Thank you for your support. Together we can make a difference!

    4. Reached 6,000 signatures
    5. 750+ Signatures to FUND KTRS! Let's Keep the Momentum Building!

      At just over 36 hours into the campaign to tell Governor Beshear to Fully Fund KTRS in 2014, we've already reached more than 750 signatures! You can help us double that in the next 24 hours by sharing our petition with your friends via Facebook, Twitter, or Email. Won't you ask five people to sign today? Think of the impact that would make!

      One other way you can join us in creating awareness of Kentucky's PENSION CRISIS, is by joining our Thunderclap. Thunderclap is a social media platform that allows you to donate a Facebook post, a Tweet, or a Tumblr post to our cause, so that on December 18 at noon, we can all raise our voices together to promote Full Funding of KTRS. If you want to JOIN THE THUNDER FOR KTRS, simply go to www.tinyurl.com/thunderclap-ktrs.

      Thank you for your support, and for your commitment to making our voices heard.

      TOGETHER WE CAN MAKE A DIFFERNECE!

    6. Reached 750 signatures

    Supporters

    Reasons for signing

    • Carol Boofter SARASOSTA, FL
      • 21 days ago

      It is the right thing for the state to do.

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    • Brenda Hart HAZEL, KY
      • about 1 month ago

      KTRS retiree

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    • David Waggener NEW BERN, NC
      • about 1 month ago

      My main source of income in my retirement.

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    • Angela Lindsey OWENSBORO, KY
      • about 1 month ago

      I am a teacher, beginning my seventeenth year of service.

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    • Jerry Peppenger DIAMONDHEAD, MS
      • about 1 month ago

      My sister-in-law is a retired teacher in Kentucky

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