Democratic candidates for Kentucky governor debate in Louisville


LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WEHT) – The Kentucky Primary is May 21, 2019 and Tuesday night three Democratic candidates for Kentucky governor debated in Louisville.

Andy Beshear, Rocky Adkins, and Adam Edelen took part in the forum hosted by a Louisville TV station.

They discussed a wide range of topics from marijuana legalization to sports betting to the state’s pension crisis.

Each of the candidates talked about how they would tackle Kentucky’s monstrous pension crisis.

“Stay with the 2013 reforms, make sure we keep a defined benefit for teachers across Kentucky, keep growing out of this problem.  Get on the right track, need to find funding moving forward and I have a plan to find that to make sure it happens.”

“Got to step up and provide extra revenue sources needed.  Got to start with expanded gaming because for first time we can dedicate 100% of revenue to pension systems.  That’s 550 million dollars every year to help fund it.  Second, legalize medicinal marijuana — that’s another 50 million dollars.”

“I will not allow a single person who gave a dime to my campaign to serve on these boards.  They need to be governed by people with background in finance who have a talent on a credentialed level that allows them to stand up to Wall Street, but also to make sure this system runs solely for the pensioner who’s promised the pension they earned.”

Kentucky has one of the worst funded pension systems in the country, but Governor Matt Bevin has had a turbulent time in trying to revamp it.

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(This story was originally published on April 30,  2019)

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