ABB Optical Group announces plans for new $27 million Northern Kentucky distribution center

ABB Optical Group, a distributor of optical products, has chosen Florence for its new distribution center and optical laboratory. The company plans to invest as much as $27 million in the project, which is expected to create up to 223 full-time jobs. “To better serve our customers, we are expanding our footprint in the central part of the United States,” said Brad Weinbrum, president of ABB Optical...

New tool calculates impact of proposed COLA adjustment on Kentucky’s current, retired teachers

The Kentucky Retired Teachers Association (KRTA) has released a tool for current and retired teachers to calculate the financial impact of Gov. Matt Bevin’s proposed pension cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) freeze. As part of pension reform, Bevin has called for suspending retired teachers’ annual 1.5 percent cost-of-living-adjustment (COLA) for a five years. The new COLA Suspension Calculator...

Gov. Bevin joins in filing amicus brief with U.S. Supreme Court in key religious liberty case

Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin is joining with West Virginia and 20 other states in filing an amicus brief in support of North Carolina’s writ of certiorari asking the U.S. Supreme Court to review Rowan County v. Lund. The Bevin Administration along with the states of West Virginia, Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Georgia, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Michigan, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada,...

Changes to Medicaid program mean Kentuckians may need to work, volunteer to remain eligible

By Melissa Patrick Kentucky Health News The Trump administration has announced rules changes for the Medicaid program that allow states to require some enrollees to work or volunteer – changes that likely pave the way for Kentucky’s new Medicaid plan to be approved. “Let me be clear to everyone in this room, we will approve proposals that promote community engagement activities,”...

House Republicans announce hiring of legal council before holding four-hour closed-door meeting

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Kentucky House Republicans held a four-hour closed-door meeting Tuesday afternoon and released little information afterwards. Speaker Pro-Tem David Osborne, R-Prospect, spoke briefly with reporters at the conclusion of the meeting but didn’t divulge much of anything new about the status of the pension bill. “We had a very brief meeting with the Senate this morning and...

WhiteRock Pigments announces $179 million investment in Hancock County, Create 124 Jobs

WhiteRock Pigments Inc. will locate a $179 million chemical manufacturing operation in Hancock County, a project expected to create 124 full-time jobs. “WhiteRock Pigments is breathing new life into the community of Hawesville,” said Gov. Bevin. “Companies like WRP are helping Kentucky’s manufacturing industry diversify and strengthen in communities across the state, and we are excited to welcome...

Southern Recycling announces $6 million second location in Warren County

Southern Recycling LLC will add a second Warren County operation with a $6 million investment expected to create four full-time jobs, Gov. Matt Bevin announced last week. “Southern Recycling has built a long-standing reputation of dependable, professional service,” Gov. Bevin said. “This latest opportunity for growth comes as a direct result of that reputation and, with its new operation and...

Gov. Bevin signs document promoting partnership with Aichi Prefecture Government of Japan

Gov. Matt Bevin and Gov. Hideaki Ohmura, of the Aichi Prefecture Government in Japan, together signed a memorandum of understanding Monday evening emphasizing each region’s commitment to continue their partnership. Aichi Prefecture is home to numerous manufacturing corporations, including 59 companies that operate a total of 94 facilities in Kentucky. About 40 executives from those companies, as...

Bevin appoints Elizabeth Griffin McCoy to UK Board of Trustees to replace Craft

Gov. Matt Bevin has appointed Elizabeth Griffin McCoy, of Hopkinsville, to the University of Kentucky Board of Trustees. McCoy will replace Kelly Knight Craft, who has resigned to accept a presidential appointment as U.S. Ambassador to Canada. McCoy is president and CEO of Planters Bank, Inc. in Hopkinsville. She also serves on the boards of the following organizations: the Kentucky Center for the...

Economists’ panel says state will face a budget shortfall of $155 million, less than originally forecast

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Kentucky taxpayers are looking at a shortfall of more than $155 million after a panel of state economists revised the state’s official revenue forecast Friday. The panel predicted a smaller deficit because Kentucky collected more tax money than it had expected in the past three months. In August, the Consensus Forecasting Group issued a preliminary estimate predicting...

Public Service Commission moves to end duplicative reporting requirements for Kentucky water utilities

Acting to end a duplicative reporting requirement, the Kentucky Public Service Commission (PSC) is telling water utilities they are no longer required to send copies of “boil water” advisories to the PSC. The PSC instead will be informed of boil water advisories via a daily report that it receives from the Kentucky Division of Water (DOW), which has primary responsibility for enforcing drinking...

State General Fund receipts show 4.1 percent increase in September; growth is 2.9 percent for year

State Budget Director John Chilton reported Tuesday that General Fund receipts rose 4.1 percent in September. Total revenues for the month were $1,032.4 million, compared to $991.7 million during September 2016. So far this fiscal year (FY18), the General Fund has grown 2.9 percent. Road Fund receipts for September totaled $125.7 million, an increase of 1.8 percent from September 2016 levels. Chilton...

Bevin announces pair of new state judicial appointments for Jefferson County

Gov. Matt Bevin made two state judicial appointments for Jefferson County. Derwin Webb, of Louisville, has been appointed Circuit Judge for Kentucky’s 30th Judicial Circuit, Family Division 10. Andre Bergeron, of Louisville, has been appointed District Judge for Kentucky’s 30th Judicial District, Division 9. Webb has practiced law for two decades in the Greater Louisville area, including stints...

Nearly $3 million in homeland security grants awarded statewide for law enforcement equipment

After an extensive evaluation and review process, the Kentucky Office of Homeland Security (KOHS) announced 114 grant recipients spread across 77 counties will receive a total almost $3 million under Kentucky’s 2017 Homeland Security Grant Program to purchase law enforcement, fire and emergency services equipment. “My greatest responsibility as governor is to ensure our citizens and resources are...

Froedge Machine and Supply to establish new industrial repair operation in Barren County

Froedge Machine and Supply Co. Inc., which provides repair services to local industries, will invest $690,000 and create 12 full-time jobs to locate a new operation in Barren County, Gov. Matt Bevin announced today. “Froedge Machine and Supply is a great example of Kentucky’s manufacturers who are a driving force behind our state’s growing economic success,” said Bevin. “By growing their...

Kentucky’s Retired Teachers Association launches grassroots campaign to protect financial security

The Kentucky Retired Teachers Association (KRTA) has launched a statewide grassroots campaign to protect the earned retirement security of thousands of retirees who served a career educating children. The campaign will advocate for fairness and fight political leaders in Frankfort who support forcing retired teachers to bail out elected officials’ mismanagement of Kentucky’s teacher retirement...

Cabinet for Health and Family Services touts results in first year of Red Tape Reduction Initiative

The Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS) is working to eliminate numerous regulations reviewed as part of the state government wide Red Tape Reduction initiative that were determined to be outdated, burdensome or unnecessary for the public. An additional 44 percent of the regulations reviewed by the Cabinet have been identified for updates. Red Tape Reduction is an initiative spearheaded by...

Bevin orders American, state flags fly at half staff through Friday to remember Las Vegas massacre

Gov. Matt Bevin has directed both American and state flags at all state office buildings to be lowered to half-staff now through Friday at sunset to remember those who lost their lives in the Las Vegas massacre. The proclamation is in accordance with one issued by President Donald J. Trump. “What happened in Las Vegas was the handiwork of unadulterated evil in its vilest, most despicable form,”...

Startup manufacturer of marching band products locating $1.1 million center in Barren County

My Visual Package, LLC (MVP), a startup manufacturer of custom printed uniforms, flags and accessories for marching bands, will invest more than $1.1 million and create 30 full-time jobs to locate in Barren County, Gov. Matt Bevin announced. “Startups like MVP play an instrumental role in Kentucky’s economic success, particularly when they enter markets as a single-stop provider for all their customers’...

National health care services provider ResCare selects Louisville for new headquarters building

ResCare Inc., the nation’s largest provider of both health and human services, selected its home city of Louisville for a new headquarters building in the ShelbyHurst Office Campus, retaining its 340 corporate jobs in the state, Gov. Matt Bevin announced last week. “We are thankful that ResCare and its 340-employee local workforce will move into a new headquarters in Louisville, reaffirming its...