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Issue Position: KPERS dependency threatens state fiscal health

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Within the last two years, 2,200 government jobs have been created in Kansas, while the private sector has lost 66,700 positions. In addition to taxpayers footing the bill for the creation of these additional government jobs, the State Employee Pay Plan Oversight Committee yesterday approved a pay raise of $15.524 million that will be extended to roughly 8,662 state employees. The state general fund has $8.5 million earmarked for the increase in pay and the remainder will come from other revenue sources such as fee funds, according to the Kansas Legislative Research Department.
As the public sector and its salaries continue to grow, so does the dependence on the state's pension plan, KPERS. In Kansas, state employees, judges, firemen and police
officers receive their pension through the KPERS program, a defined-benefit retirement program in which benefits are determined through a formula and guaranteed by law.


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