Westerfield will file Marsy's Law again in 2018

State Senator Whitney Westerfield says he will continue to fight for a proposed constitutional amendment known as Marsy’s Law despite failing to pass a bill...

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Bevin to announce aluminum plant in northeastern Kentucky

On Wednesday, Gov. Matt Bevin will announce a $1.3 billion investment in Kentucky by an aluminum plant in northeastern Kentucky. Three sources with information about...

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Pension Oversight co-chair Sen. Joe Bowen: "a lot of wood to cut" before special session

FRANKFORT – The amount of work and agreements to reach before a special session on tax reform could push lawmakers much further into the year...

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Consumption based taxing structure would be "tax shift" not tax reform, KCEP says

Revamping the state tax code in order to generate new revenue to pay down pension debt is being discussed by the executive branch, but how...

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Ball: Transparency website redesign is promise kept

A joint collaboration between the Office of the Treasury and the Finance Cabinet is beefing up the state’s transparency website. The enhanced website transparency.ky.gov, was...

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Former Kentucky hacker sentenced to federal prison opens up in exclusive interview

GREENSBORO, NORTH CAROLINA — Days before being called back to Kentucky and found to be in violation of the terms of his release, Deric Lostutter...

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Westerfield will file Marsy's Law again in 2018

04/25/2017 08:05 PM

State Senator Whitney Westerfield says he will continue to fight for a proposed constitutional amendment known as Marsy’s Law despite failing to pass a bill two years in a row. Westerfield filed the bill, known as Marsy’s Law, both in 2016 and in 2017. It was one of a handful of constitutional amendments filed during this year’s session, with none of them making it to the Governor’s desk. Despite back-to-back failures, Westerfield has hope for the 60-day session next year. “A... Read more 

Bevin to announce aluminum plant in northeastern Kentucky

04/25/2017 01:29 PM

On Wednesday, Gov. Matt Bevin will announce a $1.3 billion investment in Kentucky by an aluminum plant in northeastern Kentucky. Three sources with information about the deal tell Spectrum News that the project is the “mystery project” for which lawmakers approved an extra $15 million in bonding authority during the session. One source with knowledge of the aluminum plant said the facility will likely do stamping, but more information would be available during Wednesday’s press conference. During the last day... Read more 

Pension Oversight co-chair Sen. Joe Bowen: "a lot of wood to cut" before special session

04/24/2017 08:50 PM

FRANKFORT – The amount of work and agreements to reach before a special session on tax reform could push lawmakers much further into the year than first anticipated. Sen. Joe Bowen, R-Owensboro, told reporters Monday that he does not envision a special session until sometime in the fall. “I think conventional wisdom was saying it would be in September. I think it’s going to be a little bit later in the year than that, because we’ve got a lot of... Read more 

Consumption based taxing structure would be "tax shift" not tax reform, KCEP says

04/24/2017 03:47 PM

Revamping the state tax code in order to generate new revenue to pay down pension debt is being discussed by the executive branch, but how the state gets there could be “very problematic” depending on the actions taken, according to one economic advocate. Jason Bailey of the Kentucky Center for Economic Policy said a shift to a consumption based taxing model, which has been floated as a potential change to the tax code, will cut taxes for the wealthy and... Read more 

Ball: Transparency website redesign is promise kept

04/23/2017 04:12 PM

A joint collaboration between the Office of the Treasury and the Finance Cabinet is beefing up the state’s transparency website. The enhanced website transparency.ky.gov, was formerly known as Kentucky Open Door, and is now being touted by Treasurer Allison Ball as having improved navigation and search tools making it easier to access information quickly. The website contains data for the executive and judicial branches and includes such things as agency spending, contracts with businesses, employee salaries, and buildings owned or... Read more 

Former Kentucky hacker sentenced to federal prison opens up in exclusive interview

04/21/2017 04:06 PM

GREENSBORO, NORTH CAROLINA — Days before being called back to Kentucky and found to be in violation of the terms of his release, Deric Lostutter sat in his North Carolina apartment reliving the past and contemplating his future. Lostutter, the former online activist and hacker known as “KYAnonymous,” was put behind bars weeks earlier than anticipated after a federal judge found him to be in violation of the conditions of his release — something he disputes from a jail cell... Read more 

KDP names Mary Nishimuta new executive director

04/21/2017 10:41 AM

The Kentucky Democratic Party has named Mary Nishimuta as its new executive director, KDP announced in a news release Friday. The position had been discussed in the immediate aftermath of last year’s election cycle, when Democrats lost control of the state’s House of Representatives for the first time since 1921. Nishimuta, co-owner of Kentucky Coffeetree Café in Frankfort, said she hoped to implement a 120-county strategy in her new role as KDP’s executive director. She officially began work on Monday. “Coming... Read more 

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