Educators from Johnson County delivered thousands of signatures to the governor’s office and lawmakers today (THUR), asking them not to change the state’s public pension plan. Lawmakers are considering a proposal that would change the Kansas Public Employees Retirement System. The proposal would eliminate the pension plan for new state and local government workers. Georann (JORE-ann) Whitman is a vocal music teacher in Spring Hill. She says a guaranteed pension is an important benefit to help attract people to the career.
The proposal would put new hires and some current employees into a 401(k)-style plan, where workers manage their own retirement investments. The current pension plan guarantees retirement payments, based on a worker’s salary and years of service.