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McConnell Statement on Upcoming Vote to Repeal Obamacare

Mitch McConnell

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) made the following statement regarding a vote to repeal Obamacare:

“Regretfully, it is now apparent that the effort to repeal and immediately replace the failure of Obamacare will not be successful.

“So, in the coming days, the Senate will vote to take up the House bill with the first amendment in order being what a majority of the Continue reading McConnell Statement on Upcoming Vote to Repeal Obamacare

No Change for Social Security Combined Trust Fund Reserves Depletion Year Says Board of Trustees

The Social Security Board of Trustees today released its annual report on the long-term financial status of the Social Security Trust Funds.  The combined asset reserves of the Old-Age and Survivors Insurance, and Disability Insurance (OASDI) Trust Funds are projected to become depleted in 2034, the same as projected last year, with 77 percent of benefits payable at that time.  The DI Trust Fund will become depleted in 2028, extended from last year’s estimate of 2023, with 93 percent of benefits still payable. Continue reading No Change for Social Security Combined Trust Fund Reserves Depletion Year Says Board of Trustees

McConnell: John McCain Will Be Back With Us Soon

Mitch McConnell

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) made the following statement regarding U.S. Sen. John McCain’s recovery from surgery:

“Elaine and I, along with the entire Senate family, wish John the very best and wish him a speedy recovery. There are few people tougher than my friend John McCain, and I know he’ll be back with us soon. Our thoughts are with Cindy and his family, his staff, and the people of Arizona. Continue reading McConnell: John McCain Will Be Back With Us Soon

KY Ranks 6th Nationally in Percentage of Board-Certified Teachers

Kentucky recently celebrated the 18 newly certified and 101 newly renewed National Board Certified Teachers (NBCTs) who continue to improve their teaching for the students of the Commonwealth. With 3,292 NBCTs, Kentucky ranks 6th in the nation for the percentage of teachers who are Board-certified (8%) and 9th in the nation for the total number of Board-certified Continue reading KY Ranks 6th Nationally in Percentage of Board-Certified Teachers

Rep. Chuck Tackett pre-files Constitutional Amendment exempting Veteran Organizations from property taxes

State Rep. Chuck Tackett, right, and House Speaker Greg Stumbo, third from the left, join with several veterans following a press conference Rep. Tackett held to unveil a proposed constitutional amendment that would ensure all posts operated by veterans operations are exempt from property taxes.  Those with Rep. Tackett and Speaker Stumbo are, left to right, American Legion Post 24 past Commander Marine Corps League Mike Leaverton; Post Commander Jim Woodrum; Vietnam veteran Eddie Ferrell; and Sargent at Arms and past Post Commander John Matheny.  Rep. Tackett pre-filed the bill, which will be considered during the 2017 Regular Session, after learning Scott County’s American Legion Post was twice turned down for the property tax exemption even as other posts were being approved.
State Rep. Chuck Tackett, right, and House Speaker Greg Stumbo, third from the left, join with several veterans following a press conference Rep. Tackett held to unveil a proposed constitutional amendment that would ensure all posts operated by veterans operations are exempt from property taxes. Those with Rep. Tackett and Speaker Stumbo are, left to right, American Legion Post 24 past Commander Marine Corps League Mike Leaverton; Post Commander Jim Woodrum; Vietnam veteran Eddie Ferrell; and Sargent at Arms and past Post Commander John Matheny. Rep. Tackett pre-filed the bill, which will be considered during the 2017 Regular Session, after learning Scott County’s American Legion Post was twice turned down for the property tax exemption even as other posts were being approved.

Representative Chuck Tackett announced today that he is pre-filing a bill that, if passed and ratified, would amend the Kentucky Constitution to include tax exemptions for property owned by posts or organizations of past or present members of the Armed Forces of Continue reading Rep. Chuck Tackett pre-files Constitutional Amendment exempting Veteran Organizations from property taxes