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Letter to the editor for Sept. 6, 2017

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 Wants something done

Depending on who you ask, Kentucky’s public pension systems are short somewhere between $64 billion to $84 billion. If Kentuckians over the age of 18 were responsible for paying the more conservative estimate of $64 billion, they would each have to shell out $20,000. 

Our ability to fund other budgetary obligations like schools, Medicaid, public safety and infrastructure are in danger because of this pension debt.  Not to mention the fact that we have tens of thousands of active and retired public employees and teachers who are depending on this money.  If we continue to dip into the budget to solve this issue we will see the size of our classrooms grow, the number of teachers shrink, and our infrastructure continue to crumble.

This problem affects all of us and more people need to be like Republicans in Frankfort and wake up to the need to act now.   

I don’t know what the Republican plan will look like but I know this: doing something is better than doing nothing.  We must act now and I, for one, am thankful for the GOP for being willing to step up and take on this difficult task.

Jon Park

Eminence

Editor’s note: Jon Park serves as the executive director of the Constituents Services Office of Gov. Matt Bevin.