From Frankfort

Advocates fight for teen parent program on the chopping block

02/07/2018 01:29 PM

FRANKFORT – The Georgia Chaffee Teenage Parent Program (TAPP) enables pregnant and parenting young women in Jefferson County to complete their high school education, despite the barriers that being a mother at a young age present such as illness, child care issues, transportation and access to medical care. TAPP provides these and other valuable services on site so that a student never has to leave campus to receive her education; It’s also one of the 70 programs Gov. Matt Bevin... Read more 

House passes bill offering relief to financially struggling schools

02/06/2018 03:43 PM

FRANKFORT – A bill which would allow certain financially struggling school districts to meet their expenses by being able to take out interest-free loans from excess SEEK money was passed by the House A & R committee on Tuesday. House Bill 141, sponsored by Rep. John “Bam” Carney, R-Campbellsville, would provide loans to 12 districts, primarily in Eastern Kentucky, with significant revenue shortfalls due to circumstances beyond the district’s control or other extraordinary financial circumstances. “Basically, this bill changes the circumstances... Read more 

Gov. Bevin has no immediate plans for permanent replacement of Glisson as Secretary for Health and Family Services

02/06/2018 02:51 PM

FRANKFORT – Gov. Matt Bevin praised the staff of the Cabinet for Health and Family Services on Monday morning saying the good work continues to go on at the agency even after former director Vicki Yates Brown Glisson announced her resignation last week to focus on a Congressional run against U.S. Rep. John Yarmuth, D-Louisville. Bevin, who has named Scott Brinkman as Acting Secretary, wished Glisson well in her run against Yarmuth. “The Cabinet as it stands, is deep, the bench strength... Read more 

Bill to help law enforcement deal with personal trauma passes House committee

02/06/2018 02:51 PM

FRANKFORT – A bill which would provide help to law enforcement personnel trying to cope with serious and tragic events was passed unanimously by the House Standing Committee on appropriations and Revenue. House Bill 68, sponsored by Rep. Ken Fleming, R-Louisville, would require the Department of Criminal Justice Training to provide a law enforcement professional development and wellness program; outline standards for a program; require the program to be confidential, and create a fund for the program’s administration. The funding would come... Read more 

One month into session and still no pension bill as work goes on crafting a biennium budget

02/02/2018 01:51 PM

FRANKFORT – One month into the 2018 General Assembly 60-day session, there is still no pension bill as budget discussions continue to take place. Many legislators feel that passing a pension bill must happen before seriously crafting a budget. Senate President Robert Stivers, R-Manchester, is still hopeful a bill will be in place to vote on soon, but understands that it is a slow and meticulous process. “I have been told that numerous bills have been sent and so the system is... Read more 

University presidents promise major cuts in programs and personnel if proposed budget cuts become a reality

02/01/2018 02:57 PM

FRANKFORT – Three of Kentucky’s university and college presidents say that if Gov. Matt Bevin’s recommended cuts to higher education budget become a reality, look for significant cuts to take place in relation to programs and jobs on campus. Members of the House Budget Review Subcommittee on Postsecondary Education heard from EKU President Michael Benson, WKU President Timothy Caboni, and Kentucky Community and Technical College (KCTS) President Jay Box about the negative effects the cuts will have on their institutions. Part of... Read more 

Lobbying spending hits all-time high in 2017

02/01/2018 11:50 AM

FRANKFORT- Kentucky lobbying spending hit an all-time record last session. Lobbying interests spent a whopping $20.8 million, narrowly beating the old record set in 2016 of $20.78 million. The new record is even more shocking given the General Assembly was in session for just 30 days in 2017. The Kentucky Legislative Ethics Commission reports that in 2017, 615 lobbyists worked for 714 employers, and were paid $18.8 million, which accounted for more than 90 percent of all lobbying spending. Lobbyist-paid... Read more 

Record number of teachers file to run for General Assembly seats

01/31/2018 09:33 PM

FRANKFORT – Teachers are not happy at what they call an attack on education and they’re fighting back by running for seats in the General Assembly. Educators gathered in the Capitol Rotunda on Wednesday for a rally to recognize 40 retired and current teachers and administrators who’ve filed to run for seats in the House and Senate. Of the 40 educators running for the General Assembly, 34 are teachers and six are administrators. In total, 23 women and 17 men are running; of... Read more 

Sherman Brown and Jeff Busick named as partners at McCarthy Strategic Solutions

01/31/2018 04:20 PM

FRANKFORT — McCarthy Strategic Solutions has named Sherman Brown and Jeff Busick as partners, joining Amy Wickliffe and founder and managing partner John McCarthy, a former chairman of the Republican Party of Kentucky. Brown, is a regular on election night at Pure Politics, he is a Louisville native who has been with McCarthy since 2011. Brown is a former campaign insider, playing key roles in Gov. Steve Beshear’s 2007 and 2011 campaigns for governor. He serves on the University of... Read more 

Wuchner surprises GOP by not seeking re-election to House

01/31/2018 02:31 PM

FRANKFORT – One of the biggest surprises yesterday during the final day of candidates filing to run for 2018 political races was the withdrawal of candidacy from 66th District Rep. Addia Wuchner. Wuchner, who was first elected in 2004, said that a number of factors went into her decision. “First, I want to say that I’ve always believed that this is not a career,” Wuchner said. “You know, we come here to serve for a given amount of time, it... Read more 

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