From Frankfort

Help Wanted Kentucky aims to steer attention to high-demand jobs and scholarship opportunities

05/24/2017 04:58 PM

LOUISVILLE – State officials are hoping to get the word out about the Work Ready Kentucky Scholarship program, announcing a new website and text-messaging line Wednesday that will provide insight into high-demand fields. Education and Workforce Development Cabinet Secretary Hal Heiner unveiled the Help Wanted Kentucky initiative alongside Kentucky Community and Technical College System President Jay Box and UPS Air District Vice President Joe Boyle at the UPS WorldPort Global Operations Center. The website,, covers five employment sectors – health care,... Read more 

Auditor Mike Harmon hopes all parties will commit to put KFC Yum! Center on stable financial ground

05/19/2017 03:16 PM

State Auditor Mike Harmon is concerned that the KFC Yum Center could fail to make their bond payments as early as 2020. The financial review of the Louisville Arena Authority, released on Thursday by Harmon’s office, found that the group missed annual payment deadlines under a lease agreement with its key tenant – the University of Louisville Athletic Association. The report attributes the delay in payment to ULAA and LAA not providing information to each other in a timely manner.... Read more 

Lowered assumptions result in billions more in pension debt with more on the horizon

05/18/2017 06:23 PM

Kentucky’s pension hole got a little deeper Thursday and will only worsen in the weeks ahead. The Kentucky Retirement Systems board of directors approved lower assumptions on investment returns, payroll growth and inflation for pension funds for the Kentucky Employees Retirement System non-hazardous plan, which covers most state workers and retirees, and the State Police Retirement System. Those changes immediately caused the state’s pension debt to grow by some $2.1 billion – almost entirely in the state employee pension fund — although... Read more 

Beshear raises possibility of investigation into real estate transaction between Bevin and KRS board member

05/17/2017 06:10 PM

Attorney General Andy Beshear says he may investigate a recent real estate transaction between Gov. Matt Bevin and a member of the Kentucky Retirement Systems board. Beshear, speaking to WHAS radio Tuesday morning, said he’s concerned that it appears Neil Ramsey, a member of the KRS board, sold a Jefferson County home to Bevin for “what appears to be half off.” He’s referencing a report by The Courier Journal that a Ramsey-owned company sold a home on... Read more 

Preventing child abuse: Social workers will get special attention during 2018 budget session, Senate Health and Welfare chair says

05/17/2017 04:08 PM

Child abuse is a growing problem in the commonwealth; the General Assembly passed laws aimed at combating the uptick in reported abuse cases during the 2017 session, but Senate Health and Welfare chair Julie Raque Adams says there will be more work during the budget writing session next year. The number of reported cases of abuse in Kentucky is staggering. More than 8,000 kids are in the care of the state Cabinet for Health and Family Services. The number of... Read more 

Former Personnel Cabinet employee admits soliciting campaign dollars on state time in ethics settlement

05/16/2017 03:40 PM

A former aide in the Personnel Cabinet under Tim Longmeyer has admitted to violating the state ethics code after soliciting campaign donations from non-merit workers on state time and agreed to pay a $6,000 penalty. Walter Gaffield, the former executive director of the cabinet’s Office of Administrative Services, settled with the Executive Branch Ethics Commission Monday. The agency found that Gaffield had asked other non-merit employees in the Personnel Cabinet for contributions to a gubernatorial re-election campaign and a political party between... Read more 

KDE academic standards review and revision process for English/language arts and math moves forward

05/15/2017 05:55 PM

FRANKFORT – Kentucky Department of Education Commissioner Stephen Pruitt announced on Monday that the Kentucky Department of Education’s review and revision process for academic standards in teaching English/language arts, mathematics, physical education and health and computer science has begun. Senate Bill 1, which was passed earlier this year by the General Assembly, called for the Kentucky Department of Education to implement a process for reviewing all academic standards and aligned assessments beginning in the 2017/18 school year. The current schedule calls... Read more 

RPK executive director Mike Biagi joining lobbying firm

05/15/2017 09:06 AM

Republican Party of Kentucky executive director Mike Biagi is leaving his position in June to join a Louisville based lobbying firm. Biagi, who has served as executive director of the state GOP since August of 2015, will join the Rotunda Group as a partner. The lobbying firm specializes in government relations and business development. The firm represents many national companies and leading Kentucky employers, including: Beam Suntory, American Express Company, Norton Healthcare, Appalachian Regional Healthcare, LG&E and KU... Read more 

Transportation Cabinet will present prioritized, less cluttered road plan under new SHIFT proposal

05/11/2017 05:34 PM

FRANKFORT — With next year’s budget session on the horizon, Transportation Cabinet Secretary Greg Thomas says his agency will take a new approach in presenting its proposed road plan. Thomas told the Program Review and Investigations Committee Thursday that he hopes the proposed funding strategy, called the Strategic Highway Investment Formula for Tomorrow, will create a leaner two-year construction plan and reduce over-programming. SHIFT will prioritize road projects based on a number of factors like safety, congestion and economic development. Thomas said... Read more 

Lawmakers want to hear from University of Louisville officials after approving numerous contract increases

05/09/2017 04:04 PM

FRANKFORT – The University of Louisville’s forensic audit of its fundraising arm has drained much of its external legal budget, prompting the Government Contract Review Committee to approve the university’s request for an additional $500,000 in legal contracts Tuesday. That move pushed the total amount of contracted legal work to $1.25 million through June 30, 2018, and it prompted members of the review panel to bemoan recent requests by U of L for more money as it wrangles with the forensic... Read more 


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