A publication of the Kentucky Center for Public Service Journalism

League of Women Voters of Lexington to host candidate forums for upcoming primary elections

The League of Women Voters of Lexington and its partners will conduct candidate forums for the 2018 primary election. Candidates for LFUCG Council At-Large, LFUCG 11thDistrict, 88th House Democrats, County Judge Executive Democrats, Circuit Judge Family Court Division 1, 6th Congressional District, and LFUCG Mayor were invited to participate. The forums, will be held April 21, 22, 23 and May 7 in...

Secretary of State Grimes announces Whitehouse, Brangers as newest members of Board of Elections

The State Board of Elections has two new members, Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes announced Tuesday. Sherry Whitehouse and DeAnna Brangers joined the board this week. “I am very pleased to welcome Member Whitehouse and Member Brangers,” said Grimes, chair of the State Board of Elections. “Their distinguished and varied backgrounds are a true asset to the Board. We are...

DWM announces $4K grants available from Waste Tire Trust Fund; counties urged to apply for funds

Kentucky counties can now apply for $4,000 in waste tire recycling and removal grants from money that is available through the Energy and Environment Cabinet’s Division of Waste Management (DWM) Waste Tire Trust Fund. “Eligible expenses under this grant are the actual costs that the county incurs during the grant period for recycling or disposal of waste tires,” said Gary Logsdon, manager of...

Reminder from Sec. of State: Deadline to register to vote in Primary Election is April 23; here are details

Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes is encouraging eligible Kentuckians to register to vote by the deadline, April 23, ahead of the Commonwealth’s Primary Election next month.    “We’ve made it easy to register to vote in Kentucky with GoVoteKY.com, and we are extremely proud of the portal’s success. As of today, more than half a million people have used GoVoteKY.com...

This Week at the State Capitol: General Assembly 2018 session ends with overrides, last-minute bills

State lawmakers put the finishing touches on the General Assembly’s 2018 session this week by overriding gubernatorial vetoes, most notably on the state budget and tax reform legislation, and passing bills right up to the session’s final hours. House Speaker Pro Tem David Osborne joined the applause shortly after he brought down the gavel to adjourn the House for the final time in the General Assembly’s...

Kentucky lawmakers override governor’s vetoes as teachers watch from the gallery, protest outside

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today The Kentucky General Assembly overrode three major vetoes from Gov. Matt Bevin on Friday when thousands of teachers again made their presence felt in the Capitol, showing up to call for more money for education and protesting changes to their pension plan. Lawmakers voted to override three of Gov. Matt Bevin’s vetoes on Friday. (LRC photo) Lawmakers overturned vetoes...

Judicial Nominating Commission announces nominees for circuit judgeship in Clark and Madison counties

The Judicial Nominating Commission, led by Chief Justice of Kentucky John D. Minton Jr., today announced nominees to fill the Circuit Court vacancy for Clark and Madison counties. The counties make up the 25th Judicial Circuit and the vacancy is in the circuit’s 1st Division. John D. Minton Jr. The three nominees for the Circuit Court judgeship are attorneys Brandy Oliver Brown of Berea, Heidi Beth...

Gov. Bevin requests presidential disaster declaration for 35 Kentucky counties impacted by flooding

Governor Matt Bevin has sent a letter to President Donald Trump, requesting a Presidential Disaster Declaration for 35 Kentucky counties that were impacted during a severe weather event beginning on Feb. 21. The weather pattern produced torrential rain that resulted in flooding, landslides and mudslides, along with intense thunderstorms that led to flash flooding and tornadoes. Photo courtesy of Chuck...

AG Commissioner Quarles announces Kentucky Proud Wedding Contest, prizes include $5K

Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles has announced that Kentucky couples will have the chance to walk away with a $5,000 grand prize package in the Kentucky Department of Agriculture’s (KDA) first Kentucky Proud Weddings Contest. Quarles “Kentucky couples want to share their love of their Commonwealth as well as each other,” Commissioner Quarles said. “This contest will provide an added incentive...

Gov. Bevin: Kentucky Opportunity Zone Initiative holds promise of economic growth for local communities

Gov. Matt Bevin announced Monday the U.S. Department of the Treasury certified 144 Opportunity Zones in 84 Kentucky counties under a program in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 that aims to encourage long-term investments in low-income urban and rural communities nationwide. Gov. Bevin The designation offers significant federal tax breaks and deferrals to entities and individuals investing in Opportunity...

Attorney General Beshear warns Kentuckians of vacation scam for travel to Florida, Bahamas

As many Kentuckians begin to plan their summer vacation, Attorney General Andy Beshear is warning of scam calls offering deep discounts on travel to Orlando, Florida, and the Bahamas. Beshear Beshear said his office issued a Scam Alert after Kentuckians in Bourbon, Boyd, Calloway, Fayette, Franklin, Jefferson, Lewis, Madison and Woodford counties have reported receiving vacation scam calls. In a recording...

This Week in Frankfort: $22 billion biennial budget to Governor; adoption, foster care, road bills pass

This week, lawmakers fulfilled a main duty the state constitution requires of them as final approval was given to a state budget that will guide more than $22 billion worth of spending over the next two years.   The budget plan does not include all of the program cuts that received much attention when they were unveiled in the governor’s original budget plan. Rather, lawmakers approved a tax measure...

Bevin vetoes rare disease council, end-of-life controlled substances; legislature can override

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Kentucky lawmakers, so far, have two vetoes by Gov. Matt Bevin to potentially override when they return from recess on April 13. Senate Bill 7, would establish and fund the Kentucky Rare Disease Advisory Council, to support rare disease research and treatment for 10 years. The bill received unanimous approval in both the Senate and House and delivered to the governor on...

Kentucky Public Employees’ Deferred Compensation Authority expands customer service hours

The Kentucky Public Employees’ Deferred Compensation Authority (KDC) has expanded its customer service phone hours to  11 p.m. weekdays, increasing the availability of representatives by 87 percent. Current participants, as well as those eligible to participate, can now call 1-800-542-2661 (or 502-573-7925) from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. Monday through Friday for all their customer service needs. “Today...

Grimes marks National Service Recognition Day with roundtable of Americorps members in Frankfort

Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes on Tuesday hosted a roundtable with Kentucky AmeriCorps service members in Frankfort to discuss service in the Commonwealth. The discussion coincided with National Service Recognition Day activities across the country. Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes “AmeriCorps is one of our nation’s most vital civic service programs,” said Grimes....

City of Lexington Division of Water Quality wins environmental awards for engineering, water quality

The Division of Water Quality won two prestigious awards last week for improving Lexington’s environment. ACEC Award Presentation (Photo from LFUCG) The American Council of Engineering Companies of Kentucky awarded its 2018 Grand Award to the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government for its Town Branch Wet Weather Flow Storage and Pumping Station project. The 22-million gallon wet weather storage...

Quarles to join U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue for third ‘Back to Our Roots’ Tour

Kentucky Commissioner of Agriculture Ryan Quarles will accompany United States Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue for the Secretary’s third “Back to Our Roots” RV tour on Thursday and Friday stops in Kentucky. “I am excited to join Secretary Sonny Perdue on his tour through Kentucky,” Commissioner Ryan Quarles said. “Too often our leaders in Washington, D.C. get stuck in the bubble...

Budget agreement includes cuts, full pension contributions and some new revenue

By Ashley Spalding Kentucky Center for Economic Policy The state budget passed Monday by the General Assembly for fiscal years 2019 and 2020 is very similar to the House’s budget proposal. Like the House proposal, the budget agreement – and accompanying revenue bill – includes substantial cuts in many areas but also raises a small amount of revenue and relies heavily on fund transfers in order...

Kentucky Arts Council accepting applications for Governor’s Derby Exhibit; deadline April 13

The Kentucky Arts Council is accepting artists’ submissions for the Governor’s Derby Exhibit. The application deadline is April 13. The Governor’s Derby Exhibit, associated with the annual Governor’s Derby Celebration, is open to all Kentucky artists 18 years of age or older. This year’s exhibit theme is “Reflections of the Commonwealth.” It will be on display in the Capitol Rotunda in...

Kentucky Work Ready Skills Initiative expanding technical educational training opportunities

Projects funded by the $100 million Kentucky Work Ready Skills Initiative (KWRSI) — and $150 million in locally matched funds — are off to a fast start in the Commonwealth. Since January 2017, 40 projects have begun, with many already training students for high-demand technology jobs. “Kentucky is advancing rapidly in our mission to become America’s center for engineering and manufacturing...