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Unemployment rates down in 119 KY counties in November 2016

Unemployment rates fell in 119 Kentucky counties between November 2015 and November 2016, and stayed the same in Carlisle County, according to the Kentucky Office of Employment and Training, an agency of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet. In addition, for the first time since December 2007, only one county, Magoffin (12.2 percent), had a double-digit unemployment rate in November 2016. Continue reading Unemployment rates down in 119 KY counties in November 2016

New Commercial 911 Charge on Prepaid Cell Phones Benefits All Kentuckians

Customers who purchase prepaid cell phones or calling cards in 2017 will see a new, small service charge on their receipt, but it is a tax that helps save lives. The charge is comparable to fees that currently appear on customer billings for communications services from traditional wireless providers.

The new Kentucky law passed during the 2016 legislative session requires retailers that sell cellular phones or calling cards with Continue reading New Commercial 911 Charge on Prepaid Cell Phones Benefits All Kentuckians

Level One Drought Declaration Lifted

The Office of the State Climatologist and the Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet, in coordination with the Kentucky Drought Mitigation Team, are removing the Level One Drought Declaration that was issued for much of the state on Nov. 10.

Following this weekend’s abundant precipitation, all of the state is above normal for precipitation for the past 30 days. Continue reading Level One Drought Declaration Lifted

Gov. Bevin Makes Appointments to Kentucky Boards and Commissions

Matt Bevin

Gov. Matt Bevin has made the following appointments to Kentucky Boards and Commissions:

Branscombe Richmond, Kent Masterson Brown, Roger Rehm Cowden, Karen K. Lawrence and Merry-Kay Poe have been appointed to the Kentucky Film Commission.

Branscombe Richmond, of Munfordville, is an actor. Mr. Richmond shall serve for a term expiring September 30, 2020. Continue reading Gov. Bevin Makes Appointments to Kentucky Boards and Commissions

Confiscated criminals’ weapons sale nets nearly $90k for KY cops

The latest sale of confiscated weapons will help increase the safety of Kentucky’s law enforcement officers by providing $89,445 in grant funds to purchase body armor vests, service weapons, ammunition and Tasers, Kentucky Office of Homeland Security (KOHS) Executive Director John Holiday announced today. Continue reading Confiscated criminals’ weapons sale nets nearly $90k for KY cops

New Interstate 75 interchange in Scott County open to traffic

I-75

Motorists traveling on Interstate 75 in Scott County now have a new option to access a major connection point between the Toyota Motor Manufacturing Kentucky (TMMK) facility and Georgetown. The result also will alleviate congestion, spur economic development and improve access for the tens of thousands of travelers in the area daily.

Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) Secretary Greg Thomas announced today that the new I-75 interchange at Exit 127 is open Continue reading New Interstate 75 interchange in Scott County open to traffic

Colder Temperatures Increase the Risk for Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

As temperatures drop and the risk for carbon monoxide poisoning increases, Kentuckians are urged to be aware of the dangers of carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning due to improper use of heating or cooking devices.

Items such as kerosene or propane gas stoves and ovens have been used as alternative heat sources indoors, sometimes with tragic Continue reading Colder Temperatures Increase the Risk for Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

Beshear: Daymar to Refund $1.2 Million to 3,500 Former Kentucky Students

Andy Beshear

Attorney General Andy Beshear today announced nearly 3,500 former students of Daymar College’s Kentucky campuses and online programs will this week begin receiving restitution checks totaling $1.2 million.

The payments are being issued by the claims administrator appointed to handle the case pursuant to a settlement the Office of the Attorney General entered Continue reading Beshear: Daymar to Refund $1.2 Million to 3,500 Former Kentucky Students

Gov. Bevin names Terry R. Gill, Jr. as Secretary of the Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development

Matt Bevin

Gov. Matt Bevin today announced the appointment of Terry R. Gill, Jr. as Secretary of the Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development.

The Cabinet is the primary state agency responsible for encouraging new jobs and investment in the state. Gov. Bevin says Gill is the right choice to help lead the Continue reading Gov. Bevin names Terry R. Gill, Jr. as Secretary of the Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development

Beshear: Attorney General’s Office Made ‘Real Impact’ in Keeping Kentuckians Safe in 2016

Andy Beshear

Attorney General Andy Beshear’s first year in office allowed him and his dedicated employees to make a “real impact” to improve the safety of Kentucky families.

He views the coming year as a greater opportunity to broaden his four-part mission to keep Kentuckians safe and to provide meaningful paths to prosperity. Continue reading Beshear: Attorney General’s Office Made ‘Real Impact’ in Keeping Kentuckians Safe in 2016

Protecting Health Care Benefits for Kentucky’s Miner Retirees

Mitch McConnell

One of the unfortunate legacies of the Obama Administration has been its zeal for overregulation, which has played a major role in closing coal mines and killing coal jobs across the nation. The impact on Kentucky coal country has been particularly devastating. To make matters worse, President Obama’s “War on Coal” has enjoyed the overwhelming support of Continue reading Protecting Health Care Benefits for Kentucky’s Miner Retirees

Kenneth Warden Appointed First Director of Real Estate Authority

Kenneth W. Warden, of Fort Thomas, Kentucky, has been appointed Executive Director of the newly created Kentucky Real Estate Authority. The appointment was announced by the Secretary of the Public Protection Cabinet, David Dickerson, and will be effective immediately.

Warden brings over 40 years of real estate experience to the position, most recently as the owner of Warden & Associates in Continue reading Kenneth Warden Appointed First Director of Real Estate Authority

Beshear: Kentuckians, Organizations Received nearly $18 million from 2014 Settlement with Bank of America

Andy Beshear

Attorney General Andy Beshear today announced nearly 350 Kentuckians and three state organizations have received a combined $18 million from the 2014 Bank of America Settlement involving the company’s mortgage loan practices during the 2008 national financial crisis.

The impact of the settlement for Kentuckians is based on the most recent compliance report by the 2014 Bank of Continue reading Beshear: Kentuckians, Organizations Received nearly $18 million from 2014 Settlement with Bank of America

Senate Passes Bill that Strengthens Kentucky’s Water Infrastructure

Mitch McConnell

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell secured several priorities benefiting Kentucky in the Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation Act, which passed the Senate today. The legislation now goes to the President for his signature.

Senator McConnell said following passage: “This bipartisan legislation the Senate passed supports Kentucky’s vital water infrastructure, gives more control to Kentucky communities, and assists with flood protection in the Continue reading Senate Passes Bill that Strengthens Kentucky’s Water Infrastructure

Beshear’s Statement on Kentucky’s Rocket Docket Success

Andy Beshear

“The expansion and success of Kentucky’s Rocket Docket as outlined in the newly released PAC report shows how important the program is in helping us find workable solutions to our drug epidemic. Many non-violent offenders need treatment not incarceration, and Rocket Docket expedites the process so they can get the help they so desperately need. I was proud my office could secure $2 million in drug settlement funds for the Rocket Docket program. This investment into Kentuckians struggling with addiction Continue reading Beshear’s Statement on Kentucky’s Rocket Docket Success

KY Department of Revenue Works to Protect Taxpayer Security

Kentucky Department of Revenue Finance

While the Kentucky Department of Revenue concludes “National Tax Security Awareness Week”, the fight against tax fraud and identity theft will continue.

“Kentucky is proud to have taken part in this collaborative effort to bring awareness to the problem of tax fraud and identity theft,” said Daniel Bork, commissioner of the Kentucky Department of Revenue. “It is our hope that all taxpayers in the Commonwealth will utilize the knowledge and resources shared this week to assist us in better safeguarding their Continue reading KY Department of Revenue Works to Protect Taxpayer Security

GENERAL FUND AND ROAD FUND RECEIPTS FOR NOVEMBER 2016

State Budget Director John Chilton reported today that General Fund receipts rose 1.4 percent in November compared to last year. Total revenues for the month were $882.5 million, compared to $870.5 million during November 2015, an increase of $12.0 million. Receipts have now risen 3.5 percent for the first five months of the fiscal year, and must increase 2.2 percent over the final seven months of FY17 to achieve the official revenue estimate Continue reading GENERAL FUND AND ROAD FUND RECEIPTS FOR NOVEMBER 2016

Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet Relocates to KHEAA Building

The Kentucky Cabinet Tourism, Arts and Heritage and the Kentucky Department of Tourism today announced a new office location in Frankfort, Kentucky, effective Monday, December 12.

The address of the new location is 100 Airport Road, Second Floor, Frankfort, Kentucky 40601. Other contact information, including phone numbers, remains the same. Continue reading Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet Relocates to KHEAA Building