TOPEKA – A Kansas House committee has rejected a bill that would give retired teachers and government workers small increases in their pension benefits.
The Pensions and Benefits Committee’s vote Wednesday was 7-5 against the measure.
Chairman and Republican Rep. Steve Johnson of Assaria said the biggest concern was the long-term cost of boosting benefits.
The state is working to close a projected $9.8 billion shortfall in funding for benefits promised into 2033.
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The bill was designed to boost benefits for retirees to help them deal with increases in the cost of living. Increases would have ranged from 0.5 percent to 3 percent.
Kansas Coalition of Public Retirees Vice Chairman Ernie Claudel said the vote was disappointing because 70 percent of retirees have not received any adjustments in their benefits.