A publication of the Kentucky Center for Public Service Journalism

Bevin administration to reinstate dental and vision care for thousands of Medicaid recipients

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Dental and vision care for thousands of Medicaid recipients in Kentucky will be reinstated by Gov. Matt Bevin’s administration, according to the Cabinet for Health and Family Services. 
The benefits were cut at the end of June, following a federal judge blocking Bevin’s plan to overhaul the state’s Medicaid program.  Democrats and public health advocates spoke...

Kentucky’s Division of Apprenticeship transitions to Education and Workforce Development Cabinet

The Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet has announced the transition of the Division of Apprenticeship from the Kentucky Labor Cabinet to KEWDC’s Office of Employment and Training. The division, in cooperation with the U.S. Office of Apprenticeship and Training, oversees Kentucky’s registered apprenticeship program. Kentucky’s registered apprenticeship program is rapidly becoming...

Kentucky officials to recruit aerospace jobs during visit to Great Britain’s Farnborough Air Show

At Great Britain’s Farnborough International Airshow this week, Gov. Matt Bevin and Cabinet for Economic Development leaders Terry Gill and Vivek Sarin, along with local and regional Kentucky development professionals, will seek to attract new companies and create jobs in Kentucky’s burgeoning aerospace industry. “Kentucky is a top-flight location in the US for aviation and aerospace engineering,...

New legislation modernizing laws governing Kentucky nonprofit organizations takes effect

House Bill 443, new legislation that makes necessary clarifications and provides statutory flexibility to the laws governing nonprofit organizations in Kentucky, took effect Saturday. The bill, sponsored by Repreuseative Robert Benvenuti of Lexington, passed unanimously in both chambers of the Kentucky General Assembly and was signed into law by Gov. Matt Bevin on April 26. The legislation builds...

Poor People’s Campaign protestors allowed inside State Capitol upon return to Frankfort Tuesday

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Emboldened by an Attorney General Andy Beshear’s opinion that limitations on their entering the State Capitol were illegal, more than two dozen members of the Poor People’s Campaign returned Tuesday and this time were allowed inside. Deanna Cope Brandstetter, assistant to Chief of Staff Blake Brickman, accepts items from the Poor People’s Campaign at the doors to the...

Bevin issues 11 pardons over Independence Day week, including man convicted 40 years ago

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Eleven Kentuckians, including a northern Kentucky man convicted nearly 40 years ago for receiving stolen property, were granted pardons from Gov. Matt Bevin during the holiday week, just as he did last year when issuing 10 pardons during the Independence Day week. Gov. Matt Bevin issued 11 pardons this week. (Photo by Tom Latek, Kentucky Today) 
Pardons were granted to...

Governor creates Economic Opportunity Commission to help ‘disadvantaged’ access growing opportunities

Gov. Matt Bevin has created an Economic Opportunity Commission, which will be attached to the Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development (KCED). The new Commission combines the Governor’s Office of Minority Affairs and the Governor’s Minority Employment, Business Affairs and Economic Development Council. The Economic Opportunity Commission will consist of 12 voting members appointed by the Governor,...

Governor creates Economic Opportunity Commission to help ‘disadvantaged’ access growing opportunities

Gov. Matt Bevin has created an Economic Opportunity Commission, which will be attached to the Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development (KCED). The new Commission combines the Governor’s Office of Minority Affairs and the Governor’s Minority Employment, Business Affairs and Economic Development Council. The Economic Opportunity Commission will consist of 12 voting members appointed by the Governor,...

Democrats claim Bevin’s requirement that able-bodied Medicaid recipients must work is illegal

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Democrats claimed Monday that actions by Republican Gov. Matt Bevin’s administration to require able-bodied Medicaid recipients to work are illegal. 

A contingent of Democratic leaders led by U.S. Rep. John Yarmuth made the claim at a press conference outside a Louisville health clinic.

“Medicaid is not a work program,” Yarmuth said.  “It is a program...

Kentucky receives two federal grants totaling $1.95M to assist veterans, transitioning service members

As part of its Occupational and Licensing Review and Reform Program, the U.S. Department of Labor has awarded the Commonwealth of Kentucky two grants totaling $1.95 million. The grants will be used to review and streamline licensing requirements and address licensure challenges for veterans and transitioning service members. Kentucky is one of 11 member states in the Occupational Licensing Policy...

World War II veteran Sidney Walton, making his way to all 50 state capitols, makes stop in Frankfort

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today One of America’s oldest living World War II veterans, who has made a goal of visiting every state capitol in the nation, was in Frankfort on Tuesday. Sidney Walton, who is 99 years old, met with Gov. Matt Bevin at the Governor’s office, the 10th stop on his trip which began April 24 in Providence, Rhode Island, and is scheduled to end on Feb. 11, 2019 – Walton’s...

Judge declares Kentucky’s pension overhaul unconstitutional, citing process used to enact law

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Franklin County Circuit Judge Phillip Shepherd has declared a new Kentucky law overhauling the state’s government pension system unconstitutional. Teachers protest the pension overhaul at the Capitol in April. A Franklin Circuit judge has ruled the law unconstitutional. (Photo from Kentucky Today) In a ruling Wednesday, Shepherd took issue with the process lawmakers used...

Perkins Vocational Training Center, CVS Health celebrate new training program with ribbon cutting

The Carl D. Perkins Vocational Training Center in Thelma and CVS Health recently celebrated the grand opening of the CVS Retail Pharmacy Collaborative program and mock pharmacy store with a ribbon cutting at the center. The new collaboration will train Kentuckians with disabilities for employment in a retail store such as CVS Pharmacy, and be the first mock pharmacy program in the state. “Congratulations...

Adopt-a-Highway volunteers to ‘Summer Scrub’ roadsides; eligible for Beautify the Bluegrass contest

Throughout the Commonwealth, Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) Adopt-a-Highway (AAH) volunteers will participate in the scheduled 2018 Summer Scrub cleanup between Monday, June 18, and Sunday, June 24. Volunteer groups are eligible to submit their Adopt-a-Highway projects for entry in Gov. Matt Bevin’s Beautify the Bluegrass contest, sponsored by Kentucky Living. Summer Scrub is an annual roadside...

House Democratic Leader Rocky Adkins may be getting ready to run for governor, has family support

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Democrat Rocky Adkins may be inching closer to a run for governor, telling reporters Wednesday that his family supports the idea. House Democratic Leader Rocky Adkins is still mulling over a run for governor in 2019. He has the full support of his family. (LRC photo) “It’s a must that they be on board, and they are,” Adkins said. “This is a statewide race, and it’s...

Braidy Industries breaks ground on $1.6B rolling mill near Ashland, will bring 600 jobs to region

At Friday’s ceremonial start of construction on the $1.5 billion, 600-job Braidy Industries aluminum rolling mill near Ashland, Gov. Matt Bevin joined elected officials and business leaders in hailing the project as the economic comeback of Eastern Kentucky and a direct result of the state’s right-to-work legislation. Gov. Matt Bevin addresses the crowd at Friday’ groundbreaking (photo credit...

Kentucky HEALTH to partner with Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky in Medicaid waiver program

The Commonwealth of Kentucky has announced a partnership with the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky in preparation for the launch of Kentucky HEALTH (Helping to Engage and Achieve Long-Term Health), the state’s innovative Medicaid waiver program. The Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky, a statewide nonprofit focused on health policy and advocacy, will support Kentucky HEALTH’s community engagement...

Bevin names Ramsey as Secretary of Education and Workforce Development Cabinet

Gov. Matt Bevin announced Tuesday the appointment of Derrick Ramsey as Secretary of the Education and Workforce Development Cabinet, responsible for educating, preparing, and training Kentucky’s current and future workforce. Ramsey has decades of experience working in Kentucky’s higher education system. He began his career as a community relations officer at the University of Kentucky before...

Ky. companies recognized for workplace safety at 34th annual Governor’s Safety and Health Conference

The largest annual gathering of workplace safety professionals from companies all across Kentucky gathered in Bowling Green for the 34th Governor’s Annual Safety and Health Conference. Representatives from 45 companies who earned the prestigious Governor’s Safety and Health Award during the last year were in attendance to help celebrate Kentucky’s all-time low Injury and Illness Rate. “Our...

Changes coming to Kentucky’s call-before-you-dig law on July 14; financial penalties loom for violations

Beginning July 14, the Kentucky Public Service Commission will investigate excavation damage to natural gas or hazardous liquid lines to determine whether it was caused by violations of Kentucky’s call-before-you-dig law. Under a change to the law that takes effect July 14, the PSC will be able to impose financial penalties if violations are uncovered. PSC Chairman Michael Schmitt said that the stepped-up...