The Chatter: Bevin attends out-of-state political event during state of emergency; Ky. Arts Council cuts coming?

01/24/2016 12:30 PM

Less than a day after declaring a state of emergency in the commonwealth and advising Kentuckians to avoid the roads, Gov. Matt Bevin traveled to New Hampshire to attend a political event.

Bevin traveled to Nashua, N.H., on Saturday to speak at a luncheon at the GOP’s First-in-the-Nation Presidential town hall, according to the Lexington Herald Leader.

Bevin’s communications director told the Lexington newspaper that the governor was on official state business and left the state only after roads were re-opened.

Hundreds of drivers were reported stranded on I-75 for as long as 19 hours in central Kentucky. The roadway opened again on Saturday morning.

Will Bevin chop the Kentucky Arts Council?

On Tuesday, Bevin will lay out his budgeted priorities in a televised address to the people of Kentucky. Senate President Robert Stivers, R-Manchester, spoke on the floor of the Senate last week, calling the coming proposal the most austere budget request in his time as a lawmaker.

Late last week an email began to circulating on social media speculating that Bevin would eliminate the Kentucky Arts Council.

On Thursday, officials with the Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet directed inquiries into the situation back to Bevin’s office. Pure Politics left phone and email messages with the governor’s spokesperson, but those messages were not returned.

Bevin will lay out his budget 7 p.m. Tuesday. Even if Bevin calls for cutting the agency both the House and Senate will propose their own versions of the budget, and ultimately both sides of the General Assembly will agree on a two-year spending plan.

About Nick Storm

Nick Storm is the Anchor and Managing Editor of Pure Politics, the only nightly program dedicated to Kentucky politics. Nick covers all of the political heavyweights and his investigative work brings to light issues that might otherwise go unnoticed, like the connection between the high profile Steubenville, Ohio rape and a Kentucky hacker whose push for further investigation could put him in federal prison. Nick is also working on a feature length bio documentary Outlaw Poet: A documentary on Ron Whitehead. Follow Nick on Twitter @NickStorm_cn2. Nick can be reached at 502-792-1107 or nicholas.storm@twcnews.com.

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