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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

Gov. Bevin Makes Appointments to Kentucky Boards and Commissions

Matt Bevin
Matt Bevin

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

Barbara White Colter, Amy Clardy Duvall, Amy R. Wooldridge, Anita Dowd and Tamara Allyson Parker have been appointed to the Kentucky Early Childhood Advisory Council.

Barbara White Colter, of Manchester, is a jewelry business owner and a retired school administrator. Mrs. Colter will represent Continue reading Gov. Bevin Makes Appointments to Kentucky Boards and Commissions

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