Gov. Bevin order aims to block higher pension for state representative

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) – Outgoing Republican Gov. Matt Bevin has issued an executive order that would prevent state Rep. Rocky Adkins from collecting a higher state pension due to his senior position in Gov.-elect Andy Beshear’s administration.

The executive order was issued Thursday, just days before Bevin leaves office.

His action would prohibit “pension spiking.” It occurs when former legislators are able to calculate their pensions based, not on their years of legislative service, but on the higher-pay state jobs they take.

Bevin mentioned Adkins in a release announcing his order. Beshear spokeswoman Crystal Staley says Bevin has returned to his attacks and name-calling.

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(This story was originally published on December 5, 2019)

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