Governor Ernie Fletcher’s Communications Office
Statement From Governor Ernie Fletcher

Press Release Date:  Friday, March 09, 2007  
Contact Information:  Jodi Whitaker

“Over the past two years, I have worked to solidify the state retirement systems. In 2006, I deposited $24 million of our surplus into the accounts. This year, I recommended another $50 million from our surplus be added to these accounts.

“The Senate, in a bipartisan effort, led by Senate President David Williams, this week presented a plan to further address this issue in an even more significant fashion. I am pleased that Senator Julian Carroll, a Democrat who represents a large number of state employees, has also taken a meaningful role toward a resolution.

“I commend the Senate for their thoughtful, hard work. I am encouraged by their enthusiasm to join with me to make good on our commitment to ensure that this long overdue fiscal challenge is addressed.

“I understand the Senate leadership has been in conversation with the House over the last several weeks on this important issue.

“It is my hope that the House and Senate are close to an agreement on the pension bill. This matter is too important to let personalities and politics stand in the way.

“Taking action now means saving millions of taxpayer dollars. My staff and I will be available all weekend to work with leaders of both chambers to move this issue forward.

“If they cannot work out their differences I am prepared to call a special session to bring focus for all members on this important issue, as well as other issues including Wolf Creek Dam and the World Equestrian Games.”