Former Personnel Cabinet employee admits to soliciting campaign dollars, falsifying timesheets

A former official who worked in the state’s Personnel Cabinet under Tim Longmeyer settled charges with the Executive Branch Ethics Commission on Monday, admitting to...

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University of Louisville accrediting agency begins three-day visit

The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) begins a three-day visit to the University of Louisville on Tuesday. The purpose of the in-person visit...

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Acting JCPS superintendent outlines criteria which will be used in revised student assignment plan

LOUISVILLE – It’s been 10 years since Jefferson County Public Schools (JCPS) last revised their student assignment plan, and acting JCPS superintendent Dr. Marty Pollio...

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Two Democrats prefile gaming bill in an effort to generate pension revenue

Two state House Democrats have prefiled a bill that would expand gaming in Kentucky, in an effort to generate revenue to pay down billions in...

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Rep. Wayne "disappointed" with separation of pension and tax reforms; Critical of lack of response from administration on tax proposal

As Republican legislative leaders and members of Bevin’s administration work towards a package reforming the state’s struggling retirement systems, Rep. Jim Wayne, D-Louisville, says he’s...

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Attorneys general should remain elected office in Kentucky, Republican candidate says

FRANKFORT – While Sen. Whitney Westerfield called some of Attorney General Andy Beshear’s legal challenges against Gov. Matt Bevin “counterproductive,” the Republican candidate for attorney...

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Former Personnel Cabinet employee admits to soliciting campaign dollars, falsifying timesheets

09/19/2017 10:41 AM

A former official who worked in the state’s Personnel Cabinet under Tim Longmeyer settled charges with the Executive Branch Ethics Commission on Monday, admitting to soliciting campaign contributions on state time and submitting falsified timesheets. Bill Ryan, a former special assistant in the cabinet, was ordered to pay $4,000 as part of the settlement. The ethics commission, which open a preliminary inquiry in the matter on July 18, 2016, found that Ryan had thrice contacted non-merit Personnel Cabinet employees to donate to... Read more 

University of Louisville accrediting agency begins three-day visit

09/19/2017 08:48 AM

The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) begins a three-day visit to the University of Louisville on Tuesday. The purpose of the in-person visit is to verify documents the school has submitted in an effort to show its compliance with the agency’s standards. Here is a look back at the events that caused the agency to place UofL on probation and how lawmakers and the university have attempted to remedy the problem. September 2015: In September of 2015, a little more than... Read more 

Acting JCPS superintendent outlines criteria which will be used in revised student assignment plan

09/18/2017 05:43 PM

LOUISVILLE – It’s been 10 years since Jefferson County Public Schools (JCPS) last revised their student assignment plan, and acting JCPS superintendent Dr. Marty Pollio appeared before the Interim Joint Committee on Education on Monday to give an update on criteria which will be used to revise the plan in the next 12 to 18 months. Since 2007, the district has used a geographical plan to achieve diversity taking into account the demographics of race, income, and educational attainment of census... Read more 

Two Democrats prefile gaming bill in an effort to generate pension revenue

09/18/2017 04:34 PM

Two state House Democrats have prefiled a bill that would expand gaming in Kentucky, in an effort to generate revenue to pay down billions in pension debt. Reps. Dennis Keene, D-Wilder, and Rick Rand, D-Bedford, announced the prefiled legislation on Monday. Bill Request 149 calls on expanded gambling to be overseen by an expanded Kentucky Lottery Board, according to a news release. The legislation would legalize gaming in the state via a constitutional amendment to be voted upon by Kentuckians.... Read more 

Rep. Wayne "disappointed" with separation of pension and tax reforms; Critical of lack of response from administration on tax proposal

09/18/2017 01:43 PM

As Republican legislative leaders and members of Bevin’s administration work towards a package reforming the state’s struggling retirement systems, Rep. Jim Wayne, D-Louisville, says he’s frustrated with recent decisions to separate tax revenue from the discussion. Wayne, one of the more progressive lawmakers, told Pure Politics on Monday that Gov. Matt Bevin, R-Kentucky, had been a “pretty effective leader” with his calls tying tax and pension reform together earlier this year. “I’m really disappointed in what transpired in the last... Read more 

Attorneys general should remain elected office in Kentucky, Republican candidate says

09/16/2017 04:43 PM

FRANKFORT – While Sen. Whitney Westerfield called some of Attorney General Andy Beshear’s legal challenges against Gov. Matt Bevin “counterproductive,” the Republican candidate for attorney general doesn’t share Bevin’s view that the office for which he strives should be a gubernatorial appointment rather than an elected office. Such a move would require amending Kentucky’s Constitution, first through the General Assembly and then ratified by voters. Bevin, who has been sued by Beshear four times, said he believes the legislature should get... Read more 

Prosecutors say they'd have to slash staff or shutter offices to comply with Gov. Bevin's 17.4 percent budget cuts

09/15/2017 05:39 PM

FRANKFORT — Local prosecutors bemoaned budget cuts totaling 17.4 percent proposed by Governor Matt Bevin, and the chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee says he’d like to see them shielded from the looming spending reductions. Commonwealth’s and county attorneys expressed their frustrations with the proposed cuts during an Interim Joint Committee on Judiciary meeting on Friday. Bevin’s office has told state agencies to prepare for $350 million in spending reductions — $200 million to close a projected hole in the current... Read more 

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