From Frankfort

Cabinet official stresses importance of well-trained workforce for state's economic growth

08/17/2017 01:46 PM

FRANKFORT — Officials with the Education and Workforce Development Cabinet say that there are still thousands of skilled jobs which have gone unfilled in Kentucky because of a lack of qualified workers, and training the people to match those job skills remains the number one goal for the cabinet. Brad Montell, the agency’s deputy secretary, told members of the Interim Joint Committee on Economic Development and Workforce Investment on Thursday that providing an educated workforce is the biggest key to growing... Read more 

State unemployment up slightly in July at 5.3 percent

08/17/2017 01:36 PM

Kentucky’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate rose to 5.3 percent in July, a 0.2 percent increase from June, according to figures released Thursday by the Education and Workforce Development Cabinet. Last month’s preliminary numbers represent a 0.3 percent uptick from July 2016 and are 1 percent less than the 4.3 percent U.S. unemployment rate in July. Nonfarm jobs grew by 7,700 from June, which University of Kentucky Center for Business and Economic Research Director Chris Bollinger called “very encouraging, especially considering the slow... Read more 

One People, One Commonwealth rally denounces white supremacy as some renew call to remove Jefferson Davis statue in Capitol

08/16/2017 04:55 PM

FRANKFORT — Dozens gathered to denounce white nationalism and, at times, call for the removal of the Jefferson Davis statue in the Capitol rotunda on Wednesday, a demonstration in response to the eruption of violence in Charlottesville, Va., on Saturday over the removal of a statue of Robert E. Lee. The One People, One Commonwealth rally started with a moment of silence for Heather Heyer, a 32-year-old woman killed after a car barreled into a group of counter-protesters, and H. Jay... Read more 

Former Gov. Steve Beshear says it's time for officials to publicly condemn hate groups

08/16/2017 02:31 PM

NEWPORT – Former Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear believes that it’s time for government officials to stand up and condemn neo-Nazi sympathizers like those who attended the rally last Saturday in Charlottesville which resulted in 1 death and 19 injuries. Beshear, who was governor from 2007-2015, spoke at the Northern Kentucky Forum on Wednesday and told those in attendance that now is the time to send a message that the abstract thinking of those sympathizers is wrong and not part of the... Read more 

Gov. Bevin says removing Confederate monuments would set "dangerous precedent"

08/15/2017 03:32 PM

FRANKFORT — Gov. Matt Bevin said Tuesday that he believes it’s “a dangerous precedent” to begin removing Confederate monuments and ignore U.S. history while at the same time voicing his support for a “thoughtful” and “healthy” dialogue on the subject. His comments come days after a woman was killed in Charlottesville, Va., after a car sped into a group of counter-protestors rallying against white nationalists who were protesting the removal of a Robert E. Lee statue. A pair of Virginia state... Read more 

Charlottesville tragedy puts Boone County high school in unwanted limelight

08/15/2017 02:37 PM

UNION – When James Alex Fields allegedly decided to ram his automobile into a line of cars on Saturday afternoon leading to 1 death and 19 injuries at a white nationalist gathering in Charlottesville, Virginia, Randall Cooper High School in Boone County became known around the country. Fields, who is charged with suspicion of second-degree murder, malicious wounding and failure to stop in an accident that resulted in death, was a 2015 graduate of Cooper High in Union. While some acquaintances and... Read more 

Ride safety in light of Ohio tragedy on the minds of many as Kentucky State Fair opens Thursday

08/15/2017 10:45 AM

The 2017 Kentucky State Fair opens on Thursday and continues through August 27th in Louisville, and one thing on the mind of fair goers and officials is ride safety in light of the recent tragedy at the Ohio State Fair in which one person was killed and seven others injured when a midway ride broke apart while in motion. The Kentucky Department of Agriculture is in charge of inspecting all amusement rides in Kentucky, and Commissioner of Agriculture Ryan Quarles,R-Kentucky, says... Read more 

Donated chest freezers will allow food pantries to preserve perishable food for needy

08/14/2017 01:55 PM

WINCHESTER – Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles announced on Monday the kickoff of delivering 120-plus chest freezers on donated by agricultural lenders to food pantries across the state in support of the Kentucky Hunger Initiative. Farm Credit Mid-America and CoBank donated the freezers to enable workers at the pantries to accept frozen meats and other frozen foods, which, in the past, they could not because they had no way of storing those items. Quarles, who has made the Hunger Initiative, a... Read more 

Preliminary revenue estimate predicting $206M budget shortfall in current fiscal year

08/11/2017 04:03 PM

FRANKFORT – After plugging a $138.5 million budget hole when the 2017 fiscal year ended June 30, the state could be forced to deal with a larger shortfall in the current fiscal year. The Consensus Forecasting Group, which offers official state revenue projections, met Friday and set preliminary revenue estimates for the next five years, accepting the most pessimistic numbers presented by economists in the state budget office that show $10.7 billion in tax revenue in the current fiscal year. That’s... Read more 

Multiple special sessions could take place for tax and pension reform

08/11/2017 11:56 AM

FRANKFORT — With legislative leaders and Gov. Matt Bevin leaning toward splitting pension and tax reforms and dealing with the issues separately, it could create a scenario where more than one special session is called to address the issue. Senate Majority Floor Leader Damon Thayer, R-Georgetown, told Pure Politics on Thursday that depending on when the legislature wraps up a special session on pension reform, there’s a second session to deal with tax reform. However, Thayer said it’s more likely... Read more 


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