FRANKFORT, Ky. (KT) - Gov. Matt Bevin has issued an executive order that would block Democrat Leader Rocky Adkins from gaining a higher pension as he leaves the General Assembly to take a job as senior adviser for Gov.-elect Andy Beshear.
Bevin's order prohibits "pension spiking, which allows former legislators who take higher-paying state jobs to calculate thier pensions based on the higher-paying jobs than their years of legislative service.
“It is outrageous that legislators like Rocky Adkins, who voted for the Greed Bill in 2005 and against SB 151 to end pension spiking, are now attempting to enrich their own pensions by accepting high-paying positions in the Beshear Administration,” Bevin said in a press release Thursday. “I’m asking Leader Adkins to retire from the General Assembly prior to his appointment in the executive branch so that his higher salary is not included in his final pension calculation.”
Beshear spokeswoman Crystal Staley said Bevin had “returned to his attacks and name-calling" recently.
“All of that ends Dec. 10, when Gov. Beshear will begin to move the state forward with a tone of treating each other with respect and dignity," she said in a statement.
Adkins, in the same statement, said he refused to engage in “the negative actions and comments of our outgoing governor."
“After 33 years of service to the commonwealth, I look forward to joining the Beshear administration and working to uplift Kentucky families," Adkins said.
Beshear, the state's attorney general, defeated Bevin by a few thousand votes in last month's election, capping a hard-hitting campaign that settled their long-running political feud.
Bevin also said he was asking Beshear to uphold the executive order and prohibit any and all pension spiking in his administration. “Kentucky taxpayers deserve this level of respect from the officials they elect,” he said.
Beshear, a Democrat who takes office Tuesday, could rescind Bevin's order.