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Public Pension Oversight Committee hears funding requests for next biennium

09/25/2017 08:57 PM

FRANKFORT – Committee members heard from the directors of the three major state pensions, Kentucky Retirement System (KRS), Kentucky Teachers’ Retirement System (KTRS) and Judicial Form Retirement System (KJFRS) at the Public Pension Oversight Board meeting on Monday, to find our what is needed to fund the systems during the next biennium, and got an earful from a retired Frankfort EMT and firefighter. Beau Barnes, Executive Director of the Teachers’ Retirement System told members of the committee that the total amount... Read more 

Expanded gaming amendment an attempt to prevent cuts to retirement benefits, Dem. lawmakers say

09/25/2017 03:45 PM

“How are we going to pay for them? That’s the real question,” Rep. Rick Rand said, talking about billions of dollars in pension underfunding. Rand, D-Bedford, and Rep. Dennis Keene, D-Wilder, are proposing a constitutional amendment which would allow expanded gambling at casinos and limited gaming at horse tracks as a way to deal with massive pension debt. Gov. Matt Bevin’s administration assesses the underfunding of the state pension systems at more than $60 billion. The PFM Consulting... Read more 

Attorney General Beshear presents child abuse prevention funding to Florence agency

09/22/2017 02:03 PM

FLORENCE – Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear presented a $48,000 grant funding check from the Child Victims’ Trust Fund to Family Nurturing Center in Florence, an agency which works to help prevent child abuse in Northern Kentucky. The money which will be doubled by an anonymous donor match will be used to provide 230 training sessions to more than 3,000 adults about how to prevent child abuse, how to recognize it and how to respond when it happens. When deciding who... Read more 

Sen. Mike Wilson elected as Senate Majority Whip

09/22/2017 12:34 PM

Sen. Mike Wilson, R-Bowling Green, has been elected by his Republican colleagues to serve in Senate leadership as the new Majority Whip in the Kentucky state Senate. Wilson replaces Sen. Jimmy Higdon, R-Lebanon, in the position who was elected by the GOP caucus at the beginning of the month to replace Sen. David Givens, R-Greensburg, as Senate President Pro Tem. Senator Givens resigned from his seat in Senate Leadership in June citing personal reasons. “I want to thank my colleagues in... Read more 

More Kentuckians have health care coverage, but major hurdles loom to keep them covered

09/20/2017 06:43 PM

As the number of Kentuckians with access to health care continues to increase, moves in Congress and within the administration of Gov. Matt Bevin have advocates concerned. Data released recently shows 97 percent of Kentucky kids, and 95 percent of all Kentuckians now have health insurance. Dr. Terry Brooks, the executive director of Kentucky Youth Advocates, said the numbers are really powerful as health insurance rates continue to be on the rise. “We all have to hit the pause button... Read more 

Lawmakers examine Kentucky's problems with heroin and other opiates during lengthy hearing

09/20/2017 06:17 PM

FRANKFORT — Lawmakers on the Interim Joint Committee on Health and Welfare and Family Services and the Medicaid Oversight and Advisory Committee held a marathon hearing Wednesday on Kentucky’s struggles with opiate addiction. The panel heard from a variety of speakers during the lengthy meeting, such as doctors, law enforcement, nonprofit groups and business leaders. They touched on topics like treatment options for expecting mothers, precursors to drug abuse, how to better treat addiction and how to raise awareness about opiates. Rep. Kim... Read more 

Commonwealth of Kentucky Bowl food drive hopes to address food insecurity in Kentucky

09/20/2017 05:02 PM

FLORENCE – Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes was on hand in Florence on Wednesday to announce the launch of a new initiative designed to raise resources for hunger relief throughout the commonwealth. The Commonwealth of Kentucky Bowl is a partnership between the Secretary of State’s office, the Kentucky Association of Food Banks (KAFB) and the Kentucky Council of Area Development Districts (KDADD), in which the various area development districts across the state will be in friendly competition with each... Read more 

GOP lawmaker agrees that legalized expanded gaming would help solve pension crisis

09/20/2017 01:28 PM

ERLANGER – Rep. Adam Koenig, R-Erlanger, who was awarded the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce MVP Award on Tuesday for supporting their views in his voting record during the 2017 legislative session, believes that it’s not too late to bring gaming to the Commonwealth of Kentucky. Rep. Dennis Keene, D-Wilder, and Rep. Rick Rand, D-Bedford have prefiled legislation that would expand gaming in Kentucky, in an effort to generate revenue to pay down billions in pension debt, something that Koenig is open... Read more 

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 

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 

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