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Sen. McConnell Op-Ed: Obamacare repeal good for KY

Mitch McConnell

Every day, Kentuckians are reading headlines that Obamacare is a failure. Supporters of Obamacare promised lower costs, but it sent them soaring. They promised families could keep their plans or doctors, but many Kentuckians have seen their options limited. Every year since this law’s passage, a growing number of people in Kentucky and throughout the nation have called for Obamacare’s repeal. A recent poll showed that 8 out of 10 Americans want Obamacare to be significantly changed or Continue reading Sen. McConnell Op-Ed: Obamacare repeal good for KY

Environmental Protection Announces Grants To Clean Up Illegal Open Dumps in 25 KY Counties

Energy and Environment Secretary Charles Snavely announced today that approximately $1.06 million in grant funding has been awarded for the cleanup of 112 illegal dumps in 25 counties across the Commonwealth.

“Illegal dumping affects safety, property values and quality of life across the commonwealth,” Sec. Snavely said. “This grant program is Continue reading Environmental Protection Announces Grants To Clean Up Illegal Open Dumps in 25 KY Counties

Gov. Bevin Releases Year One Online Annual Report

Gov. Bevin

Gov. Matt Bevin’s Communications Office today announced the launch of a new interactive website—www.BevinAnnualReport.com www.BevinAnnualReport.com highlighting the accomplishments of the Bevin Administration’s first year in office.

“We are excited to unveil this innovative look back at a hugely transformative year in the Commonwealth,” said Communications Director Amanda Stamper. “We invite you to Continue reading Gov. Bevin Releases Year One Online Annual Report

Majority Leader McConnell’s Statement on Right-to-Work Passage By Kentucky General Assembly

Mitch McConnell

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following statement today regarding passage of the Right-to-Work bill by the Kentucky General Assembly:

“Congratulations to the Kentucky General Assembly, led by Senate President Robert Stivers and Speaker of the House Jeff Hoover, on passage of legislation to make Kentucky a right-to-work state. This is a great day for Kentucky workers who will no longer be Continue reading Majority Leader McConnell’s Statement on Right-to-Work Passage By Kentucky General Assembly

Division of Waste Management Calls for Grant Applications

The Energy and Environment Cabinet’s Division of Waste Management (DWM) is accepting grant applications for projects that develop an integrated infrastructure and offer public education programs on recycling, and for household hazardous waste (HHW) collection events.

Examples of grant eligible recycling equipment include vertical and horizontal balers, sorting conveyors, forklifts, skid steer loaders, Continue reading Division of Waste Management Calls for Grant Applications

Labor Cabinet Collects $347,540.83 in Unpaid Wages in December

Last month, the Labor Cabinet recouped $347,540.83 in unpaid wages for Kentucky workers. This brings the total amount recovered in 2016 to $1,922,179.55.

Unpaid overtime, withheld final paychecks, illegal deductions of pay and lower pay than the legal minimum wage requirement are among the types of wage and hour violations that the Cabinet prosecutes. Other examples include unpaid breaks, time-clock shaving, mandatory tip-pooling and prevailing wage Continue reading Labor Cabinet Collects $347,540.83 in Unpaid Wages in December

Cutting Wages No Way to Grow Economy

Jason Bailey is executive director of the Kentucky Center for Economic Policy,

Legislative leaders say the 2017 Kentucky General Assembly will focus on jobs and the economy. That priority is welcome given challenges across the state. But the policy issues reportedly topping the to-do list — making Kentucky a Right-to-Work state and repealing the prevailing wage law — would not help, but would actually hinder the goal of creating a more prosperous economy.

Even with an improving economic picture overall, many Kentucky families and communities face a frustrating lack of jobs and wage Continue reading Cutting Wages No Way to Grow Economy

The Year In Review

Matt Bevin

Dear friends,

As the days get shorter and colder in this season between Thanksgiving and Christmas, I find myself reflecting on how truly blessed we are to live in the United States of America. As we approach the Christmas holiday, I am grateful for the opportunity and freedom we have to celebrate the birth of a Savior and the reminder to spread peace, joy, love and goodwill toward those around us. Continue reading The Year In Review

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