State Personnel Cabinet to provide employment information during Kentucky State Fair

Visitors to this year’s Kentucky State Fair are invited to stop by the Personnel Cabinet’s booth to learn about the many career opportunities available with the Commonwealth and the valuable benefits offered to state employees. Personnel Cabinet staff will be on hand to help answer questions about the Commonwealth application process, including what to expect when applying for a job through...

Bevin makes appointments to medical licensure board, Jefferson County tourist commission

Gov. Matt Bevin has made the following appointments to Kentucky Boards and Commissions: Richard Whitehouse and Dr. Kenneth Payne have been appointed to the State Board of Medical Licensure. Whitehouse, of Louisville, is executive director of the Kentucky Dental Association. He will represent citizens at-large and serve for a term expiring Aug. 31, 2020. Payne, of Louisville, is an obstetrician/gynecologist...

Louisville legislator files measure to eliminate Confederate related state holidays

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today A Kentucky lawmaker is filing legislation for the 2018 session aimed at removing Confederate-related holidays from the list in the state’s statute. Rep. Jason Nemes, R-Louisville, said it includes Robert E. Lee Day on Jan. 19, along with Confederate Memorial Day and Jefferson Davis Day, both of which are observed June 3. However, it does not include removing statues across...

State Arts Council now accepting applications for Kentucky Crafted marketing program

The Kentucky Arts Council is accepting applications for the Kentucky Crafted program through Sept. 14. The adjudicated arts marketing program provides assistance to Kentucky visual and craft artists through networking, promotional and sales opportunities and arts business training. Carrying the Kentucky Crafted brand is a symbol of artistic excellence in the Commonwealth. Artists who use the brand...

Kentucky Supreme Court adopts first formal open records policy, expands electronic access

The Supreme Court of Kentucky has approved an open records policy that guides how the public accesses the administrative records of the state court system. The seven Supreme Court justices voted unanimously to adopt the policy, which will take effect Aug. 15. This is the first open records policy for the Administrative Office of the Courts, the operations arm of the court system. The policy is in...

Governor Bevin makes numerous appointments to statewide boards and commissions

Gov. Matt Bevin made the following appointments to Kentucky Boards and Commissions: Michelle Diane Penque has been appointed to the Kentucky Board of Home Inspectors. Penque, of Cold Spring, is senior business project analyst at Greater American Insurance Company. She will represent the public at-large and serve for the remainder of an unexpired term ending June 21, 2020. The Kentucky Board of Home...

Kentucky Department of Criminal Justice Training graduates 30 officers from Basic Training Academy

Thirty law enforcement officers from agencies across the state graduated today from basic training at the Kentucky Department of Criminal Justice Training. The graduates of Class 484 completed 23 weeks of training, which consisted of 923 hours of recruit-level instruction. Major training areas included homeland security, law offenses and procedures, vehicle operations, firearms, investigations, first...

General Fund receipts for July increase to 3.1 percent, slightly behind revenue estimates

State Budget Director John Chilton said Thursday Kentucky’s General Fund receipts for July, the first month of Fiscal Year 2018 (FY18), totaled $792.8 million, a 3.1 percent increase compared to July 2016 receipts. The official revenue estimate for FY18 calls for revenue to grow 3.8 percent compared to FY17 actual receipts. Based on July’s receipts, General Fund revenues need to increase 3.8 percent...

Energy and Environment Cabinet awards $465,000 in grants for rubber modified asphalt projects

The Energy and Environment Cabinet (EEC) announced $465,753 in grant funding has been awarded for rubber-modified asphalt projects utilizing crumb rubber manufactured from waste tires. Grant funding will be used for the application of chip seal or asphalt overlay to county or metro government roads. Chip seal is a road surface treatment that combines one or more layers of asphalt with one or more layers...

Registration open for Kentucky Registered Apprenticeship Summit September 11-12

The Kentucky Registered Apprenticeship Summit, a collaborative effort between the Kentucky Labor Cabinet, Cabinet for Economic Development, Education and Workforce Development Cabinet and the Department of Education, will be held at the Seelbach Hilton Hotel in Louisville from September 11 – 12, 2017. The inaugural Kentucky Registered Apprenticeship Summit will bring apprenticeship stakeholders...

Bevin appoints pair to Southern States Energy Board; two added to nutritionists licensure panel

Gov. Matt Bevin made the following appointments to Kentucky Boards and Commissions: Amanda Hege and Carolyn Hofe have been appointed to the Kentucky Board of Licensure and Certification for Dietitians and Nutritionists • Amanda Hege, of Lexington, is director of community outreach for the University of Kentucky Department of Dietetics and Human Nutrition. She will represent licensed dietetic educators...

Cabinet for Health and Family Services to offer wellness information during Kentucky State Fair

Visitors to the Kentucky State Fair in Louisville this month can get information and expert guidance on health, wellness and family assistance programs at the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS) exhibit. The fair is Aug. 17-27 at the Kentucky Exposition Center, and the CHFS exhibit in the Health Horizons area of South Wing B will feature information to help support the strategies...

State Waste Management Division seeking applicants for illegal dump and litter abatement grants

The Energy and Environment Cabinet’s (EEC) Division of Waste Management (DWM) is calling for grant applications for two of its signature programs, illegal dump cleanup and the cleanup of litter along public roads. “These popular grant programs help Kentucky communities maintain their natural beauty and improve quality of life,” said EEC Secretary Charles Snavely. “The Illegal Open Dump...

KSP Needs You: State Police seeking support for best looking cruiser contest as part of 70th anniversary

The Kentucky State Police will be celebrating its 70th anniversary in 2018. In anticipation of this milestone, the agency is seeking the support from Kentucky citizens for a special project to recognize its long service to the Commonwealth. KSP’s photo features one of its newest Dodge Charger cruisers in a horse farm setting complete with two retired equine champions. (Photo Provided) KSP will participate...

Trump threat to stop subsidies has insurers jumpy; CareSource to refile rate plan in 61 Ky. counties

By Melissa Patrick Kentucky Health News President Trump’s threats to stop funding the cost-reduction payments that help low- and moderate-income people afford Obamacare health insurance has created great uncertainty for insurers, and is likely the reason CareSource just withdrew its initial rate filing in Kentucky. CareSource, which planned to offer individual plans in 61 Kentucky counties, originally...

Jefferson County Board of Assessment Appeals rules Bevin didn’t get special deal on home purchase

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Gov. Matt Bevin paid more for his Anchorage home than it was worth based on findings by the Jefferson County Board of Assessment Appeals. Bevin purchased the home in March for $1.6 million. Three members of the Board of Assessment Appeals declared it and 10 acres of property worth $1.39 million. Gov. Matt Bevin purchased the home in March for $1.6 million. Three members...

State Public Service Commission approves revenue increase for Shelby Energy Cooperative

The Kentucky Public Service Commission (PSC) has granted the Shelby Energy Cooperative a revenue increase that is nearly the same as the amount requested by the electric distribution cooperative. With the rate increase granted by the PSC, a typical Shelby Energy residential customer will see their average monthly electric bill rise by about $7.90 (6.1 percent), from $128.90 to $136.80. That includes...

Bevin launches new Instagram account to further expand his presence on social media

Gov. Matt Bevin has expanded his social media presence by launching an Instagram account on Wednesday. “Gov. Bevin will share content with Kentuckians that provides a unique, fresh outlook on his vision for the Commonwealth,” said Communications Director Amanda Stamper. “Followers are going to see a different side of the governor, and this office, as we experiment with the storytelling method...

Bevin names Varga to brain injury trust fund board; three added to massage therapy panel

Gov. Matt Bevin has made the following appointment to Kentucky Boards and Commissions: Mary L. Varga has been appointed to the Kentucky Traumatic Brain Injury Trust Fund Board. Varga, of Louisville, is a fitness instructor and certified personal trainer. She will represent individuals with a brain injury. She will serve for a term expiring June 30, 2021. The Kentucky Traumatic Brain Injury Trust Fund...

Ethics Reporter: State government contracts worth $2.4 billion issued halfway through budget cycle

Halfway through its 2016-18 budget cycle, Kentucky state government has issued $2.4 billion in contracts. That’s nearly identical to the amount of money allocated for contracts in the first year of the prior biennium, so the state appears to be on track to match the $3.7 billion spent on contracts in the most recent two-year budget cycle. According to information from the Legislature’s Government...