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Senator McConnell Comments on Former President Clinton’s Attack on Kentucky Coal Miners & Their Families

Mitch McConnell
Mitch McConnell

During a speech in Pennsylvania today, former President Bill Clinton mocked Kentucky and West Virginia coal miners saying, “coal people don’t like” Democrats and they “blame the president when the sun doesn’t come up in the morning now.” Following the former president’s speech, U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell released a statement in Continue reading Senator McConnell Comments on Former President Clinton’s Attack on Kentucky Coal Miners & Their Families

State Receives $467,000 Grant to Help Small Businesses Bring Kentucky-Made Products, Services Abroad

Matt Bevin
Matt Bevin

Gov. Matt Bevin today announced a $467,000 State Trade Expansion Program (STEP) grant for Kentucky from the U.S. Small Business Administration saying it will help the Commonwealth’s small businesses find broader markets for their products and services.

“STEP funding is an important part of our efforts to help Kentucky’s small businesses thrive by marketing their goods and services outside the U.S. This $467,000 grant will give Continue reading State Receives $467,000 Grant to Help Small Businesses Bring Kentucky-Made Products, Services Abroad

Kentucky’s Innovative, Transformative Plan to Improve Health Outcomes Passes Important Milestone

KY SEAL
KY SEAL

Today, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services acknowledged the completed submission of the Section 1115 demonstration waiver known as Kentucky HEALTH (Helping to Engage and Achieve Long Term Health).

This innovative and common sense approach waiver will put Kentuckians on a path to better health outcomes, ensure long term sustainability of the Medicaid program and familiarize members with commercial Continue reading Kentucky’s Innovative, Transformative Plan to Improve Health Outcomes Passes Important Milestone

Lt. Gov. Jenean Hampton Establishes Kentucky Chapter of Aerospace States Association

Jenean Hampton
Jenean Hampton

Lt. Gov. Jenean Hampton has joined the Aerospace States Association (ASA) and established a Kentucky Chapter of the organization (KY ASA).

“Since the aerospace/aviation industry is Kentucky’s number one export, it is critical to build positive momentum through a unified effort across the Commonwealth,” said Lt. Gov. Hampton.

KY ASA will be holding a chapter kickoff event, October Sky Launch, on Wednesday, October 5, 2016 at Morehead State University’s Continue reading Lt. Gov. Jenean Hampton Establishes Kentucky Chapter of Aerospace States Association

KSP Announces Temporary Lane Closures on I-75 in Madison Co.

KSP
KSP

The Kentucky State Police, Richmond Post, will be continuing the investigation of a fatal collision that claimed the life of a Louisville resident on I-75 near the 85 mile marker southbound.

Tomorrow, September 8, 2016 at approximately 9:00 am, the left two lanes of I-75 will temporarily be closed between mile point 84 and 85. All traffic will be utilizing the right lane during the closure, which is expected to last less than two hours. Continue reading KSP Announces Temporary Lane Closures on I-75 in Madison Co.

Gov. Bevin, Sec. Ramsey Launch Statewide Apprenticeship Campaign

Gov. Bevin
Gov. Bevin

Gov. Matt Bevin and Labor Sec. Derrick Ramsey today announced the launch of the “Kentucky Trained. Kentucky Built.” apprenticeship campaign at Voestalpine Roll Forming Corporation (RFC) in Shelbyville. They were joined by Lt. Gov. Jenean Hampton; Ray Leathers, Roll Forming Corporation President and CEO; and Micah Craig, Roll Forming Corporation Process Engineer.

This initiative sets forth a goal of helping new program sponsors tap into the potential that apprenticeships have for their workforce Continue reading Gov. Bevin, Sec. Ramsey Launch Statewide Apprenticeship Campaign

Division of Forestry Taking Orders for Tree Seedlings

KDF
KDF

The Kentucky Division of Forestry (KDF) is accepting orders for tree seedlings.

There are more than 1 million acres of land in Kentucky that could benefit from tree planting to produce future timber crops and also to improve wildlife habitat and protect from soil erosion.

In urban areas, tree plantings improve the environment by reducing the effects of heat, wind, dust and noise, providing privacy screens Continue reading Division of Forestry Taking Orders for Tree Seedlings

Public Health Reports 15 Total Overdoses, 12 Deaths Over Holiday Weekend

KY SEAL
KY SEAL

The Kentucky Department for Public Health continues to warn Kentuckians about the risks associated with heroin and other drugs.

DPH scheduled an emergency call last week to prepare hospitals, health departments and emergency medical personnel after receiving reports of increased overdoses linked to heroin mixed with fentanyl and other dangerous substances. At that time, public health officials requested hospitals and providers report all overdoses, including non-fatal overdoses, to DPH in order for the department to better understand Continue reading Public Health Reports 15 Total Overdoses, 12 Deaths Over Holiday Weekend

Gov. Matt Bevin Makes Appointments to Kentucky Boards and Commissions

Gov. Bevin
Gov. Bevin

Gov. Matt Bevin has made the following appointments to Kentucky boards and commissions:

Jani Crouch Highley has been appointed to the Kentucky Board of Hairdressers and Cosmetologists.

Jani Crouch Highley, of Mount Sterling, is the Lead Cosmetologist Instructor at the College for Technical Continue reading Gov. Matt Bevin Makes Appointments to Kentucky Boards and Commissions

Kentucky’s Child Care Assistance Program Gets Increase in Funding

KY SEAL
KY SEAL

More Kentucky families qualify for financial aid to pay for child care because of an increase in funding approved by the 2016 General Assembly.

The income guidelines used to determine eligibility for the Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP) have moved from the 2011 Federal Poverty Guidelines (FPG) to the 2016 Federal Poverty Guidelines. The higher income requirement will increase the number of families who qualify for Continue reading Kentucky’s Child Care Assistance Program Gets Increase in Funding

Gov. Bevin proclaims September Campus Fire Safety Month

Gov. Bevin
Gov. Bevin

In college towns across the nation, fire officials are challenged each year to find ways to start and end the school year without a significant fire tragedy. In Kentucky, the state fire marshal is shifting the focus to off-campus housing during Campus Fire Safety Month, which Gov. Matt Bevin has proclaimed for the month of September.

Reaching out to parents who co-sign leases is one way to ensure a safe living environment for students. “We encourage parents to ‘see Continue reading Gov. Bevin proclaims September Campus Fire Safety Month

House Republican Leader Jeff Hoover Condemns Beshear’s Treatment of Open Records Expert

KHRC
KHRC

Today, it was reported that Attorney General Andy Beshear’s office reprimanded Assistant Attorney General Amye Bensenhaver for speaking to a journalist without permission. The move led to Bensenhaver’s retirement yesterday due to ‘considerable duress.’ For 25 years, Bensenhaver, in her role as Assistant Attorney General, has been responsible for directing journalists, private citizens, and government agencies on whether government meetings should be open to the public. Due to that role, she is Continue reading House Republican Leader Jeff Hoover Condemns Beshear’s Treatment of Open Records Expert

State removes unemployment insurance surcharge

Gov. Bevin
Gov. Bevin

Gov. Matt Bevin announced today that the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet will suspend the current unemployment insurance (UI) surcharge for contributing employers, effective immediately.

The state’s approximately 91,000 employers have been paying a surcharge assessment — currently 0.21 percent of their taxable wage base of $10,200 per employee — since January 1, 2014. Continue reading State removes unemployment insurance surcharge

State Health Department Issues Public Health Advisory on Fentanyl Laced Heroin

KY SEAL
KY SEAL

Kentucky’s top health officials are warning state medical providers and community leaders of a pending public health crisis involving dangerous drugs.

Kentucky Department for Public Health Commissioner Dr. Hiram Polk said officials wanted to issue the warning before the holiday weekend, when they expect a rise in recreational drug use. Continue reading State Health Department Issues Public Health Advisory on Fentanyl Laced Heroin

Juvenile Justice Earns High Marks for Zero-Tolerance Policy toward Sexual Misconduct

DJJ
DJJ
In a testament to safety and good management, the Kentucky Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) announced today that all of its residential youth facilities have received a perfect score on compliance audits for the federal Prison Rape Elimination Act.

The law, known as PREA, seeks to improve the detection, prevention and prosecution of sexual harassment and abuse in correctional Continue reading Juvenile Justice Earns High Marks for Zero-Tolerance Policy toward Sexual Misconduct

Statement from House Republican Leader Jeff Hoover on Greg Stumbo’s Last-Ditch Cling to Power

House Republican Leader Jeff Hoover
House Republican Leader Jeff Hoover

“Today, Greg Stumbo and House Democrats made a mockery of state government. Prior to the meeting, Democrat House members were handed prepared questions from Stumbo’s office to ask to the unassuming state workers who were shamefully used as props in this never-ending circus. Kentucky taxpayers picked up the $30,000 tab for a meeting that included absolutely no new information, and in fact contained word-for-word information that has been presented in legislative committees over the past several Continue reading Statement from House Republican Leader Jeff Hoover on Greg Stumbo’s Last-Ditch Cling to Power

Speaker Stumbo’s Threats of Impeachment are Desperate Attempt to Save Political Career

KY SEAL
KY SEAL

Democrats stand to lose control of the House for the first time in 95 years. Today’s desperate political stunts orchestrated by Speaker Greg Stumbo show why so many Kentuckians are ready for new leadership in the House.

House Democrats have failed for years to address the failing pensions of state workers and teachers and have blocked efforts at transparency for these pensions. Now, to distract voters from the facts, Greg Stumbo Continue reading Speaker Stumbo’s Threats of Impeachment are Desperate Attempt to Save Political Career

Reformer in Youth Services Will Lead Kentucky’s Juvenile Justice Department

KY SEAL
KY SEAL

Kentucky Justice Secretary John Tilley announced today that Carey D. Cockerell, the former head of family and child protection in Texas, has been named as the new commissioner for the state Department of Juvenile Justice.

Cockerell is taking the department’s helm after more than 40 years of experience in youth programs. As commissioner for the Texas Department of Continue reading Reformer in Youth Services Will Lead Kentucky’s Juvenile Justice Department