OSAWATOMIE, Kan. — From the outside looking in, state Rep. Steve Johnson said it’s easy to see why pension perks for state lawmakers could leave a bad taste.

For most voters, any kind of monetary compensation for elected officials is a hot-button issue, and Kansas Public Employee Retirement System benefits are no exception. Johnson, R-Assaria, says the frustration is in the formula.

“I am not fond of the way legislators’ pensions are calculated,” Johnson said. “It just doesn’t look right or straightforward.”