State legislators made a lot of noise last summer about “fixing” the disastrous public employee benefits system while accomplishing very little. Now it is Lexington’s turn.
Mayor Jim Newberry even has his own do-nothing pension reform task force that is, well, doing nothing.
Sen. Tom Buford pre-filed a bill yesterday to get the conversation started toward protecting the public without breaking the bank. His bill would allow the city to lay off fire and police employees, as Newberry has threatened, while keeping employee benefits and 40% of pay in place.
The bill doesn’t really improve the city’s situation. But firing fire and police employees to make up for city mismanagement doesn’t help either. Maybe Lexington should look at eliminating some non-essential services instead.