A publication of the Kentucky Center for Public Service Journalism

A ton of beef (yes, 2000 pounds) headed to food banks from Beef Council, Cattlemen’s Association

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Where’s the beef?  Well, a ton of it – that’s right, 2,000 pounds – is heading to Kentucky food banks, thanks to a donation from the Kentucky Beef Council and Kentucky Cattlemen’s Association.   The announcement was made during a press conference on the Capitol grounds this week where Gov. Matt Bevin signed a proclamation designating May as Beef Month in...

Gov. Bevin appoints Leathers as commissioner for Department of Workforce Investment

Ray Leathers of Shelbyville, a decorated U.S. Army veteran with 40 years of experience in the manufacturing industry, has been appointed commissioner of the Department of Workforce Investment by Gov. Matt Bevin. Leathers replaces Beth Kuhn, who will now be overseeing the community engagement component of Kentucky HEALTH through the Cabinet for Health and Family Services. “Ray Leathers is bringing...

Gov. Bevin receives notification of Federal assistance for Eastern KY counties impacted by flooding

Governor Matt Bevin today received notification that President Donald Trump has authorized assistance for certain Kentucky counties that suffered significant damage as a result of the severe flooding event from Feb. 9 through Feb. 14. Gov. Bevin “We are grateful for this official declaration by the President, which will allow Eastern Kentucky counties to access federal assistance to repair local...

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...

Bill Straub: A billion here, a billion there adds up, but even KY House tax plan doesn’t go far enough

Legend has it that Winston Churchill, trying to draw the United States into WWII, famously said you can always count on the Americans to do the right thing – after they’ve tried everything else. Apparently old Winnie, in his travels, never made it to the Bluegrass where, having tried ad infinitum to escape that which needs to be done, continues on its merry way ignoring its responsibilities and...

Glenna Bevin: We must fund programs to strengthen families, provide loving homes for children

The well-being of children in our state is of paramount importance to me. As I have said since my husband and I were first entrusted to serve the Commonwealth, our hearts are with Kentucky families. That’s why I am so passionate about my initiatives to improve conditions for children in foster care and to make the adoption process easier and more affordable. We have made strides in both areas. Our...

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...