State lawmaker proposes $1 assessment per pack of cigarettes, other tobacco products to generate Medicaid dollars

Don’t call it a tax. That’s the message state Sen. Stephen Meredith hopes to convey in next year’s legislative session as he tries to pass a...

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2018 candidate filing update: Get ready for another battle in the 91st

Get ready for what could be round three as former Rep. Cluster Howard, D-Jackson, has filed paperwork to once again vie for the 91st House...

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Judge-executive says original pension reform proposal would create a huge obstacle to overcome for his county

LAWRENCEBURG – While it might be uncertain when pension reform will be dealt with by the General Assembly, many local government officials are certain that...

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State and local government will pay nearly $800M more in pension contributions per year under new rates

FRANKFORT – State and local governments will be on the hook for $794 million more in pension contributions in each year of the upcoming biennium. The...

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Hour of Code strengthens future Kentucky workforce

Anderson, Bowling Green Independent and Clay County High Schools were each announced on Thursday as recipients of a $3,000 Computer Science Education Incentive Award from...

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House GOP lawmakers send letter asking Gov. Bevin not to call special session

House Republican lawmakers sent a letter on Wednesday calling for Gov. Matt Bevin, R-Kentucky, to wait on calling a special session, and take up pension...

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State lawmaker proposes $1 assessment per pack of cigarettes, other tobacco products to generate Medicaid dollars

12/08/2017 01:26 PM

Don’t call it a tax. That’s the message state Sen. Stephen Meredith hopes to convey in next year’s legislative session as he tries to pass a bill that would create a $1 health care reimbursement assessment on every pack of cigarettes sold in Kentucky starting Oct. 1. Meredith pre-filed the bill on Thursday. That would also apply to sales of dip, chew and snuff tobacco, and distributors would also have to pay a dollar per unit sold. Meredith, R-Leitchfield, said in a phone... Read more 

2018 candidate filing update: Get ready for another battle in the 91st

12/08/2017 12:36 PM

Get ready for what could be round three as former Rep. Cluster Howard, D-Jackson, has filed paperwork to once again vie for the 91st House District seat, a position he’s held and lost. This week’s roundup also features some intraparty scrapes as candidates line up to fight for Frankfort. State House 6th Dist. Republican Randall Fox, of Benton, has filed paperwork to enter the GOP primary for the district which encompasses all of Lyon, Marshall, and part of McCracken County. The... Read more 

Judge-executive says original pension reform proposal would create a huge obstacle to overcome for his county

12/08/2017 12:15 PM

LAWRENCEBURG – While it might be uncertain when pension reform will be dealt with by the General Assembly, many local government officials are certain that if anything close to what Gov. Matt Bevin has proposed is passed, there will be brutal effects to the local budgets of county and city governments, as well as school districts. Anderson County Judge-Executive Orbrey Gritton says count his county as one which would definitely be put into dire financial straits if no changes are made... Read more 

State and local government will pay nearly $800M more in pension contributions per year under new rates

12/07/2017 04:56 PM

FRANKFORT – State and local governments will be on the hook for $794 million more in pension contributions in each year of the upcoming biennium. The Kentucky Retirement Systems board of trustees approved new actuarial numbers on Thursday that increased contribution amounts for state and local governments. The Kentucky Employees Retirement System non-hazardous pension plan, which covers most state workers, saw the largest spike in employer contributions under the new numbers, moving from 50.4 percent of payroll to 83.4 percent of payroll.... Read more 

Hour of Code strengthens future Kentucky workforce

12/07/2017 04:07 PM

Anderson, Bowling Green Independent and Clay County High Schools were each announced on Thursday as recipients of a $3,000 Computer Science Education Incentive Award from Advance Kentucky and Charter Communications. State Senate President Robert Stivers returned to his hometown in Manchester to present the award. Stivers says it’s important to teach students about coding and other forms of technology, so they are prepared to compete in the global workforce.  Read more 

House GOP lawmakers send letter asking Gov. Bevin not to call special session

12/07/2017 11:19 AM

House Republican lawmakers sent a letter on Wednesday calling for Gov. Matt Bevin, R-Kentucky, to wait on calling a special session, and take up pension reform during the regular session in January during the regular session. Bevin has been adamant that he would call the special session this year, despite setbacks in recent weeks as House Republicans have openly balked at an earlier version of the pension reforms contained within a 505 page bill draft. House Republicans have been negotiating... Read more 

Law which prohibits legislators accepting "anything of value" from lobbyists has been ruled unconstitutional by U.S. district court judge

12/07/2017 09:11 AM

FRANKFORT – Kentucky’s ethics laws, passed in 2014, which states a member of the legislature can take nothing of value from a lobbyist, has been struck down as unconstitutional. U.S. District Judge William Bertelsman, who ruled in June 2017 that the laws were too vague to be enforced and violated lobbyists’ freedom of speech, issued a final order this past Friday which included an injunction telling the Kentucky Ethics Commission that they couldn’t enforce the unconstitutional rules. Sen. John Schickel, R-Union, and... Read more 

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