Chief Justice Minton says he'll ask General Assembly for pay raises, judicial redistricting in upcoming budget session

FRANKFORT – Kentucky Supreme Court Chief Justice John D. Minton told lawmakers Friday that he will seek judicial pay raises totaling 10 percent in the...

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McGarvey prefiles bill to protect individuals for rescuing animals from hot vehicles

State Sen. Morgan McGarvey, D-Louisville, has prefiled a bill which would amend current ‘look before you lock’ laws to include household pets. McGarvey’s bill offers...

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Recalculating pension benefits for retired lawmakers who took other government jobs will likely end up in court if passed

While the pension reform proposal laid out by Gov. Matt Bevin and top legislators on Wednesday doesn’t alter benefits for government retirees, the same can’t...

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Kentucky's growing film industry means sizable economic boon for many parts of the state

WILMORE — Kentucky’s growing film production industry is having a positive economic impact in many areas of the state, and indications are that even more...

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Some elected officals in N.Ky. are concerned that plan to fix state pension system could have unintended consequences

Since Gov. Matt Bevin and Senate and House leadership unveiled their proposed solution to the pension crisis, speculation is taking place around the state whether...

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Covington mayor says pension proposal leaves more questions than answers

COVINGTON — Reaction to Gov. Bevin and Senate and House leadership’s proposal to solve the pension crisis has been swift with many saying that they...

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Chief Justice Minton says he'll ask General Assembly for pay raises, judicial redistricting in upcoming budget session

10/20/2017 05:23 PM

FRANKFORT – Kentucky Supreme Court Chief Justice John D. Minton told lawmakers Friday that he will seek judicial pay raises totaling 10 percent in the upcoming biennial budget, hoping to improve the judiciary’s ability to attract top attorneys to its ranks. Circuit judges make more than $124,000, which ranks near the bottom nationally, and Administrative Office of the Courts Budget Director Carole Henderson says the proposed 5 percent raises in each year of the biennium will place judicial salaries in Kentucky... Read more 

McGarvey prefiles bill to protect individuals for rescuing animals from hot vehicles

10/20/2017 03:50 PM

State Sen. Morgan McGarvey, D-Louisville, has prefiled a bill which would amend current ‘look before you lock’ laws to include household pets. McGarvey’s bill offers civil protection for individuals who have damaged a vehicle to rescue a domestic pet locked inside a hot car. The legislation amends current statute to offer civil liability immunity to those who damage a vehicle for the purpose of removing an animal. “This is about protecting animals,” McGarvey said in a news release. “It is... Read more 

Recalculating pension benefits for retired lawmakers who took other government jobs will likely end up in court if passed

10/19/2017 07:22 PM

While the pension reform proposal laid out by Gov. Matt Bevin and top legislators on Wednesday doesn’t alter benefits for government retirees, the same can’t be said for former lawmakers who boosted their retirement payouts thanks to higher-salaried jobs in the public sector. The plan calls for a complete rollback of the controversial 2005 law that allows legislators to count their salaries in other government work toward their pension calculations, including for ex-lawmakers who are already collecting retirement checks, some of... Read more 

Kentucky's growing film industry means sizable economic boon for many parts of the state

10/19/2017 06:05 PM

WILMORE — Kentucky’s growing film production industry is having a positive economic impact in many areas of the state, and indications are that even more films will be shot here in the future. Members of the Interim Joint Committees on Economic Development and Workforce Investment and Tourism, Small Business and Information Technology heard from officials on Thursday at Asbury University, who talked about the benefits of having professional film productions shot in their communities. One of the big reasons for the growth... Read more 

Some elected officals in N.Ky. are concerned that plan to fix state pension system could have unintended consequences

10/19/2017 10:08 AM

Since Gov. Matt Bevin and Senate and House leadership unveiled their proposed solution to the pension crisis, speculation is taking place around the state whether the plan is a viable solution that will do what it is intended to do. One fear for many local municipalities is the fact that they will be responsible for significantly more payments into the system, possibly a lot more than they can afford. While Florence Mayor Diane Whalen applauds Bevin for bringing attention to the issue,... Read more 

Covington mayor says pension proposal leaves more questions than answers

10/18/2017 04:58 PM

COVINGTON — Reaction to Gov. Bevin and Senate and House leadership’s proposal to solve the pension crisis has been swift with many saying that they have more questions now that a plan has been introduced. Former State Senator and current Covington Mayor Joe Meyer says that there’s one big issue not clearly addressed with the current plan. “The plan as it was laid out, absolutely fails to deal with the unfunded liability that’s in the KERS system,” Meyer said. “Switching future... Read more 

Pension reform plan calls for current benefit caps after 27 years, 401(k)-style accounts for most future public workers in Kentucky

10/18/2017 11:23 AM

UPDATED WITH REACTIONS FRANKFORT — Gov. Matt Bevin and top legislators rolled out an outline of the pension reform proposal that will be considered by the General Assembly during a special session later this year on Wednesday, which will cap benefits under the current defined-benefit plan for many government employees after 27 years of service and put most new and recently hired public workers in defined-contribution plans. Bevin said the bill, which is being finalized, will not alter pension and health... Read more 

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