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Gov. Matt Bevin Thanks KY’s Congressional Delegation for Supporting Kentucky HEALTH

Matt Bevin
Matt Bevin

Gov. Matt Bevin today thanked members of the Commonwealth of Kentucky’s Congressional Delegation for signing a joint letter sent to Health and Human Services Sec. Burwell, asking her for an expedited approval of Kentucky’s Section 1115 demonstration waiver known as Kentucky HEALTH (Helping to Engage and Achieve Long Term Health).

The signees of the letter are: Continue reading Gov. Matt Bevin Thanks KY’s Congressional Delegation for Supporting Kentucky HEALTH

KYs reputation as national P3 leader continues to grow, state Rep. Leslie Combs says

Rep. Leslie Combs
Rep. Leslie Combs

State Rep. Leslie Combs, the sponsor of Kentuckys new public-private partnership (P3) law, said that interest in what has become model legislation continues to grow, both around the commonwealth and across the country.

In addition to speaking during several national conferences this past spring and summer, she is poised to be featured at several others this fall, and has recently addressed or soon will meetings hosted by local Continue reading KYs reputation as national P3 leader continues to grow, state Rep. Leslie Combs says

Reps. Marzian, Owens & Wayne offer praise, concern over Kentucky Supreme Court ruling

KY SEAL
KY SEAL

State Reps. Mary Lou Marzian, Darryl Owens and Jim Wayne today praised the central ruling of the Kentucky Supreme Court’s decision that reversed Governor Bevin’s $18 million cuts to public postsecondary schools last fiscal year. While disappointed that the judge did not grant them standing, they vowed continue to appear as a “Friend of the Court” to the Continue reading Reps. Marzian, Owens & Wayne offer praise, concern over Kentucky Supreme Court ruling

Statement on Today’s Supreme Court of Kentucky Ruling in University Allotment Case

Press Secretary Amanda Stamper
Press Secretary Amanda Stamper

Below is a statement from Press Secretary Amanda Stamper on today’s Supreme Court of Kentucky ruling in university allotment case:

“We are disappointed in the Court’s decision today and strongly disagree with its reasoning. The Attorney General clearly does not understand the severity of the pension problem which became the nation’s worst funded plan under the watch of his father’s Continue reading Statement on Today’s Supreme Court of Kentucky Ruling in University Allotment Case

STATEMENT From House Speaker Greg Stumbo

Greg Stumbo
Greg Stumbo

“I predict today’s decision is the first of what will be a series of Kentucky Supreme Court rulings against Governor Bevin’s illegal actions. The court’s opinion strongly re-confirms the legislature’s spending authority as the constitution’s framers intended, and it gives our public postsecondary schools and our college students the money they should have had all along. While I am certainly pleased about the overall ruling, I am worried about the effect it will have on legislative standing in future Continue reading STATEMENT From House Speaker Greg Stumbo

Unemployment rates down in 82 KY counties in Aug. 2016

KY SEAL
KY SEAL

Unemployment rates fell in 82 Kentucky counties between August 2015 and August 2016, rose in 36 and stayed the same in Montgomery and Wayne counties, according to the Kentucky Office of Employment and Training, an agency of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet.

Woodford County recorded the lowest jobless rate in the Commonwealth at 3 percent. It was followed by Oldham County, 3.1 Continue reading Unemployment rates down in 82 KY counties in Aug. 2016

Gov. Matt Bevin Appoints Andrew V. McNeill as Deputy State Budget and Policy Director within the Office of State Budget Director

Matt Bevin
Matt Bevin

Gov. Matt Bevin today announced the appointment of Andrew V. McNeill as Deputy State Budget and Policy Director within the Office of State Budget Director. Mr. McNeill most recently served as Senior Advisor to the Governor in the Governor’s Office.

“Andrew McNeill has decades of experience in the public and private sector which will serve both him Continue reading Gov. Matt Bevin Appoints Andrew V. McNeill as Deputy State Budget and Policy Director within the Office of State Budget Director

KY Commission on the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Opens 8th Demo Site for Telecommunications Access Program

KY SEAL
KY SEAL

The Kentucky Commission on the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (KCDHH) has opened its eighth demonstration site for its Telecommunications Access Program (TAP) in Thelma in Johnson County for Kentuckians with hearing loss or speech impairment to test a variety of telephones.

The new site at the Carl D. Perkins Vocational Training Center at 5659 Main St. in Thelma is now open Continue reading KY Commission on the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Opens 8th Demo Site for Telecommunications Access Program

Transportation Cabinet issues emergency order for truckers hauling petroleum

KY SEAL
KY SEAL

Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) Sec. Greg Thomas today issued an emergency order waiving the hours of service for commercial motor vehicle operators delivering petroleum in Kentucky. The order is in response to a gasoline pipeline leak in rural Shelby County, Alabama.

The order, issued Tuesday, temporarily relieves drivers of commercial motor vehicles from restrictions on hours of service Continue reading Transportation Cabinet issues emergency order for truckers hauling petroleum

PFM Group Selected to Review State’s Ailing Pension Systems

KY SEAL
KY SEAL

Fulfilling a promise made to address Kentucky’s number one issue, Gov. Matt Bevin today announced the PFM Group was selected to provide consulting services for a comprehensive review of Kentucky’s state pension systems.

“Reforming the state’s ailing pension systems is one of this administration’s top priorities,” said Gov. Bevin. “The findings that will come from this Continue reading PFM Group Selected to Review State’s Ailing Pension Systems

Senate Passes Bill that Strengthens Kentucky’s Water Infrastructure

Mitch McConnell
Mitch McConnell

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell helped secure several priorities benefitting Kentucky in the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA), which passed the Senate today. Senator McConnell talked about the legislation and the Kentucky impact on the Senate floor this morning. The legislation must be passed in the House of Representatives before being sent the President for Continue reading Senate Passes Bill that Strengthens Kentucky’s Water Infrastructure

Representative Bunch Secures Proclamation for Day of Prayer Over Students Across Kentucky

Regina Bunch
Regina Bunch

Representative Regina Bunch, R-Williamsburg, has successfully worked with Governor Matt Bevin and Tim Bargo of First Priority Tri-County to proclaim September 28, 2016 as the Day of Prayer Over Students Across Kentucky. Seeking to raise awareness of the spiritual needs of Kentucky’s students, the proclamation encourages the mobilization of thousands of adults to pray for and with their teenagers. Continue reading Representative Bunch Secures Proclamation for Day of Prayer Over Students Across Kentucky

Certified organic farming continues to grow in Kentucky

USDA
USDA

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) released its 2015 Certified Organic Production Report today from the survey conducted earlier this year. The survey queried all known USDA-certified organic farms across Kentucky.

“Production of organic crops and livestock continues to grow in Kentucky,” said David Knopf, director of the NASS Eastern Mountain Continue reading Certified organic farming continues to grow in Kentucky

Kentucky’s unemployment rate at 4.9 percent in August 2016

KY SEAL
KY SEAL

Kentucky’s seasonally adjusted preliminary unemployment rate for August 2016 was 4.9 percent from a revised 5 percent in July 2016, according to the Office of Employment and Training (OET), an agency of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet.

The preliminary August 2016 jobless rate was 0.4 percentage points lower than the 5.3 percent rate recorded Continue reading Kentucky’s unemployment rate at 4.9 percent in August 2016

McConnell closes in on his quest to turn Kentucky red

Mitch McConnell
Mitch McConnell

In November 2014, days after Republicans recaptured control of the U.S. Senate in the midterm elections, Mitch McConnell called Kentucky state Rep. Jonathan Shell to complain.

McConnell had just scored a huge reelection win, and when the 114th Congress gaveled into session, he would fulfill his lifelong goal of becoming majority leader. Continue reading McConnell closes in on his quest to turn Kentucky red

Kentucky Transportation Cabinet Announces Grants for Upgrades at Kentucky Riverports

KY SEAL
KY SEAL

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) announced today that five Kentucky riverports have been awarded $500,000 in grants from Kentucky’s Riverport Financial Assistance Trust Fund. The grants will fund necessary riverport improvements and repairs.

“Kentucky’s river cities have done great work developing our waterways as commercial assets,” said Cabinet Continue reading Kentucky Transportation Cabinet Announces Grants for Upgrades at Kentucky Riverports

Gov. Bevin Promotes Kentucky’s Initiatives to Industry Leaders at AutoVision Conference in Lexington

Matt Bevin
Matt Bevin

Gov. Matt Bevin yesterday addressed global automotive manufacturers, suppliers and service providers at the AutoVision Conference, held in Lexington. The second-annual, national-level event highlights emerging technology, innovation and workforce development trends within one of Kentucky’s signature industries.

Gov. Bevin’s message to the crowd of approximately 225 centered on creating a more progressive, business-friendly environment, Continue reading Gov. Bevin Promotes Kentucky’s Initiatives to Industry Leaders at AutoVision Conference in Lexington

Gov. Matt Bevin Recognizes Sacrifice of Fort Campbell Soldier

1st Lt. Jeffrey D. Cooper
1st Lt. Jeffrey D. Cooper

Gov. Matt Bevin today recognized the sacrifice of 1st Lt. Jeffrey D. Cooper, a Fort Campbell soldier who died while supporting Operation Inherent Resolve.

Services for 1st Lt. Cooper, who died Sept. 10, are not yet complete. Gov. Bevin will order flags lowered to half-staff in 1st Lt. Cooper’s honor on the date of interment.

According to the Department of Defense 1st Lt. Cooper, 25, of Mill Creek, Washington, died in Kuwait, from a non-combat-related Continue reading Gov. Matt Bevin Recognizes Sacrifice of Fort Campbell Soldier