Constance Alexander: When ethics go south, God’s still on his side? But public support may be wavering

When ethics go south, God’s still on his side It’s a free country. Of course it is. People can change their minds lickety-split. No harm no foul, but there are downsides. A definitive 180 turn might indicate a wavering moral compass, a lack of discernment between right and wrong, thus creating an impression of impulsiveness, indecision, or just plain arrogance. Take, for example, Jeff Hoover, the...

Gov. Bevin issues strong statement on sexual harassment allegations, without mention of Hoover

Staff report Gov. Matt Bevin added fuel to the fire of sexual harassment allegations in Frankfort without mentioning House Speaker Jeff Hoover’s name. Bevin held a news conference on Saturday at the state Capitol and his communications office issued this statement late Saturday afternoon: “These alleged actions, which haven’t been denied, are reprehensible, indefensible and unacceptable....

Thomas Noland: There are no good solutions to state’s pension crisis, leaving Gov. Bevin with mess

As the legislature approaches a special session to solve the pension crisis, the first thing to agree on is that no solution will be considered “fair” by everyone. When an additional $800M-$1B a year is needed, no good solutions exist. Non-state employees do not want their taxes raised while individuals who contributed to the funds want their full pension. One of the points often made by state...

Gov. Bevin signs order closing $152 million budget shortfall, ‘conservative spending plans’ necessary

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Gov. Matt Bevin has taken steps to eliminate a $152 million shortfall, an action necessitated by a constitutional requirement that Kentucky never finish a fiscal year without the budget being balanced. “This year’s budget shortfall validates the need for conservative spending plans and it dramatically underscores the critical need for fixing Kentucky’s broken...

Gov. Bevin makes appointments to state boards and commissions

Gov. Matt Bevin has made the following appointments to Kentucky boards and commissions: Thomas D. Baxter, Ken DeLane McKenney and Robert Edward Beaty have been appointed to the Board of Respiratory Care. • Thomas D. Baxter, of Melbourne, is a program director at Northern Kentucky University. Dr. Baxter shall serve for a term expiring October 31, 2019. • Ken DeLane McKenney, of Bowling Green, is...

Franklin Circuit Court says Bevin can reorganize Workers’ Compensation Nominating Commission

Gov. Matt Bevin’s executive order reorganizing the former seven-person Workers’ Compensation Nominating Commission, which resulted in a five-member board with all new members, was upheld by the Franklin Circuit Court. Gov. Matt Bevin This decision further supports that the Governor has the legal authority to reorganize executive boards, says the Governor’s office. “Today’s court order...

BGADD asks for meeting with governor to ‘restore order to chaos’ around workforce, aging services

David Duttlinger answers questions after the press conference. (Photo by Judy Clabes) By Judy Clabes KyForward editor David Duttlinger, executive director, and the local elected officials who govern the Bluegrass Area Development District issued a public plea to Gov. Matt Bevin for an opportunity they’ve been requesting for several months — a face-to-face meeting to work out their differences. In...

Bevin names Mark Birdwhistlell to head team to develop ‘transformative’ Medicaid program for Ky

Gov. Matt Bevin and Health and Family Services Secretary Vickie Yates Glisson announced plans Thursday to develop a transformative Medicaid program for Kentucky. Bevin has requested Mark D. Birdwhistell, a former Secretary of the Cabinet for Health and Family Services, to assemble a team of experts to assist in the drafting of a Medicaid waiver solution for the Commonwealth that addresses the financial...

Gov. Bevin announces interim solution to Kentucky National Guard tuition assistance program

Gov. Bevin issued the following statement regarding tuition assistance for Kentucky National Guard members: Last week it came to the attention of Governor Bevin that nearly 700 Kentucky Guard members had been denied tuition assistance due to an unforeseen funding shortfall. Upon hearing of this situation, Governor Bevin immediately began to work with Adjutant General Hogan and State Senator Chris...