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Gov. Bevin Makes Appointments to KY Agency for Substance Abuse Policy

Matt Bevin

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

Terona Cobble-Johnson, Phyllis Helen Millspaugh, Lola Patterson Watts, Ronald J. Rice, Jeffrey S. Jones, David H. Sloane, Steven Barry Bing, Steve J. Shannon, Heather Leigh Wehrheim and Timothy Cesario have been appointed to the Kentucky Agency for Substance Continue reading Gov. Bevin Makes Appointments to KY Agency for Substance Abuse Policy

KY Dept. of Revenue Accepting Individual Tax Returns Beginning Today, Electronic Filing is Quickest Way to File

Today opens tax filing season for individual taxpayers with the Kentucky Department of Revenue (DOR), the same date as the federal Internal Revenue Service (IRS). Electronic filing is the most efficient method for filing returns.

This year filers have three extra days to file, since April 15 is a Saturday and the following Monday is a holiday in Washington, DC. With federal offices closed that Monday, taxpayers have until Continue reading KY Dept. of Revenue Accepting Individual Tax Returns Beginning Today, Electronic Filing is Quickest Way to File

Kentucky Businesses Set All-Time Low Occupational Injury Rate

According to a recent report from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), Kentucky employers reported the lowest incident rate for nonfatal occupational injuries and illnesses in the state’s history.

Based on a mathematical calculation that describes the number of recordable incidents per 100 full-time employees, Kentucky’s rate improved from 3.8 in 2014 to 3.7 in 2015 – reflecting the most recent data available. This rate has steadily declined since it was first Continue reading Kentucky Businesses Set All-Time Low Occupational Injury Rate

Treasurer Ball appoints new Chief of Staff; hires Rand Paul D.C. staffer

ALLISON BALL

Kentucky State Treasurer Allison Ball announced today that she has promoted her current Communications Director, OJ Oleka, to serve as Chief of Staff and Assistant State Treasurer.

“For the past year, OJ has shaped the message coming out of my office,” Treasurer Ball said in a statement. “He has been a leader in developing policy goals and has developed a strong understanding of all functions within Continue reading Treasurer Ball appoints new Chief of Staff; hires Rand Paul D.C. staffer

Gov. Bevin Appoints Bernard Palmer as Magistrate for the Fourth District of Scott County

Matt Bevin

Gov. Matt Bevin has appointed Alonzo “Bernard” Palmer, of Georgetown, as Magistrate for the Fourth District of Scott County, to replace Charlie Hoffman, who has resigned.

A longtime Scott County resident, Palmer has served in numerous law enforcement leadership roles, including police chief for the City of Georgetown and branch manager for the Kentucky State Police. He currently works as a court security deputy for the Fayette Continue reading Gov. Bevin Appoints Bernard Palmer as Magistrate for the Fourth District of Scott County

Kentucky’s unemployment rate remains at 4.8 percent in December 2016

Kentucky’s seasonally adjusted preliminary unemployment rate was unchanged from November 2016 to December 2016 at 4.8 percent, according to the Office of Employment and Training (OET), an agency of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet.

The preliminary December 2016 jobless rate was 0.9 percentage points lower than the 5.7 percent rate recorded for the state in Continue reading Kentucky’s unemployment rate remains at 4.8 percent in December 2016

SENATOR JARED CARPENTER’S LEGISLATIVE UPDATE

Jared Carpenter

Pro-business and pro-life bills highlighted a fast-paced and productive first week of the 2017 Regular Session of the Kentucky General Assembly. We witnessed history as Jeff Hoover was sworn in as the first Republican Speaker of the Kentucky House of Representatives in 95 years. With the help of the new majority in the House, we passed several bills to promote job creation, protect the rights of the unborn, and increase transparency in our legislative pensions. Continue reading SENATOR JARED CARPENTER’S LEGISLATIVE UPDATE

KY Must Come Together to Stop Human Trafficking

Andy Beshear

“Kentucky children and other vulnerable Kentuckians are increasingly becoming victims of human trafficking – a modern-day form of labor or sex slavery.

Human trafficking victims are coerced into submission by their abusers through many immoral means, including forced dependence on drugs, violence, threats and manipulation. Continue reading KY Must Come Together to Stop Human Trafficking

Kentucky Joins Legal Fight Against the Stream Protection Rule

Kentucky today joined 12 other states in petitioning the United States District Court, in the District of Columbia, to enjoin the U.S. Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSMRE) from enforcing the Stream Protection Rule it finalized late last year.

The complaint, filed today, alleges that the Stream Protection Rule fundamentally rewrites the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act (Act) by mandating that states follow a one-size- Continue reading Kentucky Joins Legal Fight Against the Stream Protection Rule

Kayser Automotive to Add 100 Jobs in Fulton with $26 Million Investment

With an agreement in place to benefit two Western Kentucky manufacturers and communities, Gov. Matt Bevin today announced A. Kayser Automotive Systems USA plans to hire 100 additional employees as it expands into a facility next door to its current plant in Fulton.

Making the $26 million expansion possible, the building’s current tenant, MVP Group International, will move its 69 current jobs to its nearby plant in Mayfield, where it will and consolidate its Continue reading Kayser Automotive to Add 100 Jobs in Fulton with $26 Million Investment

Alcoholic Beverage Control Responds to Industry Growth

Kentucky’s alcohol landscape is changing, and the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) works daily to ensure that it matches industry growth with exceptional and efficient customer service.

ABC is responding to changing industry and licensing demands by streamlining procedures and improving internal operations to better assist applicants and licensees. Senate Bill 11, which was signed into law last year, gives greater autonomy to local territories Continue reading Alcoholic Beverage Control Responds to Industry Growth

KY Horse Park Withdraws from Consideration for Hosting 2022 World Equestrian Games to Chart Its Own Course

The Kentucky Horse Park Commission voted today to withdraw from consideration for hosting the ninth International Federation for Equestrian Sports (FEI) World Equestrian Games, to be held in 2022.

Commission members expressed concerns regarding staging of the games and the potential conflict that hosting would create with the Continue reading KY Horse Park Withdraws from Consideration for Hosting 2022 World Equestrian Games to Chart Its Own Course

Gov. Bevin Makes Appointments to Kentucky Boards and Commissions

Matt Bevin

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

Betty B. Cook, Janet L. Stephens and Angela Denise Minter have been appointed to the Governor’s Postsecondary Education Nominating Committee.

Betty B. Cook, of Somerset, to replace Dwight Sears, of Somerset, who has resigned. Ms. Cook shall serve for the remainder of the Continue reading Gov. Bevin Makes Appointments to Kentucky Boards and Commissions

Flu Level Raised to Widespread in Kentucky

The Kentucky Department for Public Health (DPH), within the Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS) is raising the influenza (flu) level in the state from “regional” to “widespread.” Widespread activity is the highest level of flu activity, which indicates increased flu-like activity or flu outbreaks in at least half of the regions in the state.

“With widespread flu activity reported in Kentucky, now is a good time to protect yourself and your family by getting a flu shot”, said Continue reading Flu Level Raised to Widespread in Kentucky

Gov. Bevin, Sec. Gill to Promote Kentucky at North American International Auto Show

Matt Bevin

Gov. Matt Bevin and Cabinet for Economic Development Sec. Terry Gill are in Detroit today, promoting Kentucky and speaking with automotive industry leaders at the 2017 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit.

NAIAS, which runs through Jan. 22, is considered one of the world’s largest and most prestigious automotive industry showcases. More than 800,000 people expected to attend. The event features dozens of Continue reading Gov. Bevin, Sec. Gill to Promote Kentucky at North American International Auto Show

Health and Family Services Seeks Funding for Opioid Abuse

Recent Federal Legislation has made funding available to states to combat the epidemic of opioid use disorder. Kentucky has the opportunity to apply for up to $10 million over the next two years.

The Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS), in partnership with the Office of the Governor and the Kentucky Cabinet for Continue reading Health and Family Services Seeks Funding for Opioid Abuse

Gov. Bevin’s Statement Regarding Attorney General Beshear’s Refusal to Defend Kentucky Law

Matt Bevin

Below is Gov. Matt Bevin’s statement regarding Attorney General Andy Beshear’s refusal to defend Kentucky law:

“Attorney General Andy Beshear is once again refusing to do his job. Even though he is obligated by law to do so, AG Beshear refuses to defend the 20-week abortion ban, a bill that won the support of nearly 80 percent of the General Assembly, including 21 Democrats. AG Beshear would rather pander to his liberal, pro-abortion base than defend the law of Kentucky. I will, therefore, continue doing it for him by defending these pro-life bills. The citizens of Kentucky demand and deserve no less.”

Watch Gov. Bevin’s Facebook Live video below by clicking on the following link:
https://www.facebook.com/GovMattBevin/videos/1647923228840897/

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