Bevin names Knott to Fish and Wildlife Commission; two added to board of medical licensure

Gov. Matt Bevin made the following appointment to Kentucky Boards and Commissions: Kenny L. Knott has been appointed to the Fish and Wildlife Resources Commission. Knott, of Glasgow, is a wood procurement manager at Roy Anderson Lumber Co. in Tompkinsville. He will represent the 4th Fish and Wildlife District and serve for a term expiring Aug. 13, 2021. The Fish and Wildlife Resources Commission is...

PSC fines Kentucky Power $2,500 for safety violation contributing to death of a tree trimmer in 2015

The Kentucky Power Co. has paid a $2,500 fine to the Kentucky Public Service Commission (PSC) for a safety violation contributing to the July 2015 death of a tree trimmer working to clear vegetation from the utility’s lines in Greenup County. In an order issued Thursday, the PSC has closed the case. The fatal accident occurred on July 9, 2015, when Tony Craig, an employee of Kentucky Power contractor...

Kentucky Housing Corporation launches home ownership loan program aimed at veterans

Kentucky Housing Corporation (KHC) has announced a new, statewide loan option to assist eligible military families and non-active duty veterans achieve the dream of homeownership for first-time homebuyers. “Military families make many sacrifices to protect our country, said Edwin King, executive director of KHC. “We have $3 million available that will help our Kentucky military families achieve...

Kentucky Career Center saved state employers $205 million through Workforce Opportunity tax credits

The Kentucky Career Center (KCC) issued 53,398 Workforce Opportunity Tax Credits (WOTC) to Kentucky employers during fiscal year (FY) 2017, a 30 percent increase from the 41,098 issued in FY 2016, according to the Kentucky Department of Workforce Investment. The WOTC program potentially saved Kentucky employers more than $205 million in federal taxes. WOTC benefits employers who hire people classified...

State Labor Cabinet collects over $171,000 in unpaid wages for workers in August

The state Labor Cabinet recouped $171,242.06 in unpaid wages for Kentucky workers during the month of August. Unpaid overtime, withheld final paychecks, illegal deductions of pay and lower pay than the legal minimum wage requirement are among the types of wage and hour violations that the Cabinet prosecutes. Other examples include unpaid breaks, time-clock shaving, mandatory tip-pooling and prevailing...

Pediatric Cancer Trust Fund seeking applications for first round of research grant awards

September is national Childhood Cancer Awareness Month and Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS) Secretary Vickie Yates Brown Glisson announced the Kentucky Pediatric Cancer Research Trust Fund will accept applications for its first round of research grants for institutions and agencies dedicated to the treatment and cure of childhood cancer. “These first-ever grants from the Kentucky Pediatric...

Ethics Reporter: New, expanding companies received $173 million in incentives from state in 2017

In the recently completed fiscal year, Kentucky state government gave final approval to 334 companies to receive $173.6 million after the companies promised to locate or expand in the state. In FY 2016-17, the Kentucky Economic Development Finance Authority (KEDFA) approved 49 of those companies to receive over $1 million in incentives, some by direct payment and some by allowing companies to retain...

Bevin names five to Center for the Arts board, three to Military History Museum Committee

Gov. Matt Bevin has made the following appointments to Kentucky Boards and Commissions: Tierra Kavanaugh Turner, Scott Flynn, Donna Hall, Christopher Todoroff and Sandra Frazier have been appointed to the Board of Directors of the Kentucky Center for the Arts. Turner, of Louisville, is owner and CEO of TKT & Associates, Inc. She will serve for a term expiring April 29, 2021. Flynn, of Anchorage,...

House members go behind closed doors to discuss controversial public pension proposal

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Kentucky House members got their first look at the consultant’s report on reforming Kentucky’s troubled public pension plan during a two-hour, closed-door meeting in Frankfort on Tuesday. A report by PFM Group Consulting suggested moving new state government hires to a 401-K type retirement, putting new teachers on the Social Security system, and making those on hazardous...

KyCIR: Finance secretary reverses committee decision, approves U of L request for legal expenses

By Kate Howard Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting The state’s finance secretary approved the University of Louisville’s request to spent $1.25 million more on legal expenses, reversing a legislative committee’s decision earlier this month. The financial sign-off marks the latest step in the back and forth drama over the cost of U of L’s reforms. Last week, the state government contract...

Increasing the retirement age, limiting cost of living raises among proposed pension revisions

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Independent consultants are recommending that Kentucky lawmakers take away some of the cost-of-living raises awarded to government retirees over the past two decades as part of a strategy to restore financial solvency to Kentucky’s beleagered pension system. That was one of several recommendations the consultants with PFM Group made to the Public Pension Oversight Board...

Gov. Bevin launches ‘Beautify the Bluegrass’ Initiative to encourage Kentuckians to Beautify communities

Gov. Matt Bevin on Friday launched his new “Beautify the Bluegrass” initiative, calling on Kentuckians to come together to make their hometowns shine. “I want to encourage people in every Kentucky community to figure how out they can become the most beautiful community in the Commonwealth,” said Gov. Bevin. “The concept is simple: Identify a problem that needs attention, and then find a way...

Bevin, Braidy Industries’ CEO Bouchard talk leadership, development at Local Issues Luncheon

Gov. Matt Bevin and Braidy Industries CEO Craig Bouchard shared center stage Thursday at the 42nd annual Local Issues Conference Governor’s Luncheon at the Galt House in Louisville, discussing key developments and decisions that led to one of the most historic economic investments in Eastern Kentucky. “I am blessed by the opportunity to speak to people like Craig Bouchard on a weekly basis, as...

Special session to deal with state’s underfunded pension system coming in October, speaker says

By Mark Maynard Kentucky Today Lawmakers will take a long look at the public pension systems in October during a special session, House Speaker Jeff Hoover said Thursday. Hoover addressed reporters prior to the 54th annual Kentucky Farm Bureau Country Ham Breakfast at the Kentucky State Fair. The Public Pension Oversight Board will take recommendations on pension reform prior to a meeting next Tuesday...

Despite potential for budget shortfall, lawmakers say odds are long for approval of casino gambling

By Tom Latek and Mark Maynard Kentucky Today Even with the state facing a projected budget shortfall and an enormous public pension debt, casino gambling remains off the table. “I haven’t heard any discussion of that issue and no one has talked to me about it,” said Senate Minority Leader Ray Jones, D-Pikeville. “I’ve always opposed gambling, for personal reasons. For me to support any...

Senate Democratic Caucus elects Parrett to replace Carroll as minority whip

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Senate Democrats elected Dennis Parrett, D-Elizabethtown, as minority whip on Wednesday. Parrett, 57, serves on the Senate Agriculture Committee as well as the Appropriations and Revenue Committee and the Banking and Insurance Committee. In the leadership role, Parrett will work closely with his Democratic colleagues in the Senate on legislation that’s coming up for votes. Sen....

Republican lawmaker Westerfield files to begin fundraising for 2019 state attorney general race

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Republican Whitney Westerfield will make a second run for attorney general, filing a letter of intent with the Kentucky Registry of Election Finance on Tuesday so that he can begin raising money for the campaign two years ahead of the 2019 election cycle. Westerfield came up short by a razor-thin margin in his initial bid for the post in November 2015, losing to incumbent...

Bevin names Leitchfield police chief Henderson new Grayson County judge-executive

Gov. Matt Bevin has appointed Kevin Henderson, of Leitchfield, as Grayson County Judge-Executive. Henderson has over 25 years of law enforcement experience, including service with the Leitchfield Police Department, Grayson County Sherriff’s Office, and the Kentucky State Police. He currently serves as chief of police for the Leitchfield Police Department. Additionally, Henderson owns and operates...

‘Kentucky Leads’ the theme as officials gather for 42nd annual Governor’s Local Issues Conference

The 42nd annual Governor’s Local Issues Conference officially begins this week at the Galt House in Louisville, with a conference registration of over 850 locally elected officials, community leaders, and advocates. The official theme, “Kentucky Leads,” is a testimony to the historic developments and milestones already seen in 2017. “I am overjoyed at the start of the 42nd Annual Governor’s...

Kentucky Arts Council accepting applications for Architectural Artists Directory through Sept. 15

The Kentucky Arts Council is accepting applications for the Architectural Artists Directory through Sept. 15. Participation in the directory is intended for artists whose work is constructed as an integral part of a room, building, outdoor space or other structure. Examples include cabinetry, murals, light fixtures, sinks and stained-glass windows. Artists in the directory are frequently sought by...