From Frankfort

Lawmakers set up task force to study tax expenditures

06/25/2018 11:22 AM

When lawmakers return in 2019 they could have a list of tax loopholes they’ll seek to close. The General Assembly passed large tax reforms during the 2018 regular session, but over the interim they will seat a 12 person task force aimed at reviewing, examining and analyzing the state’s tax expenditures. “As chairman of the Senate Committee on Appropriations and Revenue, I value this task force’s research, deliberations, and recommendations for updating Kentucky’s antiquated tax structure,” Sen. McDaniel said. “I look... Read more 

Thayer: Pension ruling something out of 'Twilight Zone'

06/21/2018 12:12 PM

Describing Wednesday’s ruling against the controversial pension reform law “a joke” and something from the “Twilight Zone,” Senate Majority Floor Leader Damon Thayer said he expects the ruling to be overturned. The case is now expected to head to the state Supreme Court on appeal for a final ruling this year, and Thayer predicts devastation if the circuit court ruling is upheld. “If Judge Shepherd’s decision is upheld it will have two fairly serious calamitous results,” Thayer said on Thursday.... Read more 

Kentucky HEALTH set to roll out soon as administration tracks court challenge

06/19/2018 07:29 PM

Kentucky is just weeks away from implementing a first of its kind work requirement for some Medicaid recipients in the Commonwealth, and Cabinet for Health and Family Services Secretary Adam Meier, hopes the nation witnesses a smart and thoughtful implementation of the Kentucky HEALTH plan. The plan is a first of its kind innovation waiver approved by the federal government, but before the first Medicaid recipients in the state see any changes the waiver is being challenged in court. A... Read more 

Reasons for rising costs of higher education discussed by state legislators

06/15/2018 11:57 AM

FRANKFORT – A discussion on how to improve student retention rates at Kentucky’s community and technical colleges turned into a debate on factors contributing to the high cost of education at Kentucky’s 4-year universities during Thursday’s meeting of the Program Review and Investigations Committee. While exploring ideas for future discussion, Rep. Arnold Simpson, D-Covington, suggested a look at how to improve the low student retention rates at Kentucky’s 16 community and technical colleges. That suggestion led to a response by Sen. Dan... Read more 

Cabinet officials look at ways to better serve the state's foster care needs

06/14/2018 02:28 PM

FRANKFORT – How to better serve the state’s foster care community was the main topic of discussion in Frankfort as the Program Review and Investigations Committee heard from the new Department of Community Based Services, or DCBS, acting commissioner Elizabeth Caywood. Caywood has 19 years of DCBS experience, with twelve of those years having been spent in the Commissioner’s Office as an Internal Policy Analyst IV and Executive Advisor. Most recently, Caywood served as Chief of Staff for Commissioner Adria Johnson,... Read more 

Wayne Lewis refuses to answer questions surrounding plan for state takeover of JCPS

06/13/2018 03:31 PM

LOUISVILLE — Citing legal concerns, Wayne Lewis, the interim Kentucky Education Commissioner refused to answer numerous questions at Wednesday’s Louisville Forum surrounding “a plan” if a state takeover of Jefferson County Public Schools takes place. Lewis addressed how he says a state takeover would work, if approved, and why he called for the action. The 38-year old also laid out why he would not be addressing his plan for action to clean up the district if the state is... Read more 

Poor People's Campaign denied entry into Capitol for third time

06/13/2018 02:31 PM

FRANKFORT- For the third time, the Kentucky Poor People’s Campaign was denied entry into the state Capitol building. The Kentucky State Police blocked entry of the protesters, only allowing two in—two out. In response to the lock out, the group led by Rev. William Barber held a rally on the steps of the Capitol. The group says Kentucky is the only state in which they have been denied entry into the statehouse. After the rally, the group of a... Read more 

Shadowy group launches ad demanding action on JCPS board

06/12/2018 01:53 PM

A group backed by a Louisville real estate developer is the latest entrant into the media fray surrounding a proposed state takeover of Jefferson County Public Schools. Kentuckians for Progress, launched an ad buy on Thursday, June 7 claiming children in the Jefferson County Public Schools are being abused, according to documents obtained by Pure Politics. The group behind the attack is not well known, nor is their structure. According to documents filed with the Federal Communications Commission Kentuckians for... Read more 

Common Ground: Easing Alcohol Restrictions

06/04/2018 04:41 PM

The alcohol industry in Kentucky is experiencing a boom right now. From distillers to microbreweries, more and more local businesses are popping up throughout the state. Kentucky’s signature spirit, bourbon has generated millions for the commonwealth and as craft beer is becoming more popular that industry is beginning to bring in big bucks as well. Throughout the past couple of years, Kentucky lawmakers have been passing legislation to help the distillers and brewers thrive in the state by allowing more... Read more 

Democrats say unintended consequences of pension and tax reform legislation will result in Democrat gains in November

06/01/2018 02:50 PM

NEWPORT – House Democrats believe that the unrest during the 2018 legislative session will result in more voter participation in the general election which will lead to positive vote counts for numerous Democratic candidates across the state of Kentucky. House Minority Caucus Chair Rep. Dennis Keene, D-Wilder, believes that the process by which pension and tax reform was done has left a bad taste in the mouths of numerous middle class Kentuckians and that will result in consequences for many of... Read more 


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