Bevin declines to join governors’ group call for continuation of formula used to fund state Medicaid

By Al Cross and Melissa Patrick Kentucky Health News A bipartisan group of governors, including Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin, is asking Congress not to shift health-care costs to the states, a real prospect as the Senate prepares to vote on a bill to repeal and replace the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. However, Bevin declined to join the group’s request to maintain federal funding rates...

Bill Straub: According to Bevin’s view, you’re either for him or against him — there’s no middle ground

WASHINGTON – Ladies and gentlemen, meet the prophet from New Hampshire. Gov. Matt Bevin has, it seems, expanded his duties well beyond those generally assumed by a head of state, transforming before the naked eye into St. Matt the Divine, asserting that those laughing at one of his, shall we say, curious ideas “hate God’’ and, under a proper reading (his) of the gospels, are going to hell....

Bevin names three to Board of Nursing, adds Perconti to Alcohol and Drug Counselors Board

Gov. Matt Bevin has made the following appointments to Kentucky Boards and Commissions: Teresa Huber, Gail Elaine Wise, and Dina Byers have been appointed to the Kentucky Board of Nursing. Huber, of Maysville, is a nurse on faculty at Northern Kentucky University. She shall serve for a term expiring June 30, 2020. Wise, of Mayslick, is a professor of nursing at Kentucky Christian University. She has...

Ford Motor Co. announces plan to spend $900 million for upgrades to its truck plant in Louisville

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Ford Motor Co. has announced a major investment at a Louisville plant that makes large SUVs. Ford will spend $900 million in upgrades at the Kentucky Truck Plant to build the all-new Ford Expedition and Lincoln Navigator, which will begin arriving at dealerships this fall. The two full-size SUVs will be exported to over 55 markets globally, including the Navigator to China. Ford...

State’s new adoption czar joins ‘hands on deck,’ rethinking whole adoption, foster care system

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Kentucky’s new adoption czar spent his first day on the job Monday in a meeting of the House Working Group on Adoption. Dan Dumas, appointed by Gov. Matt Bevin to lead an overhaul of Kentucky’s adoption and foster care programs, told lawmakers that the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services and the governor’s office will attack problems from all angles. “The...

Kentucky Supreme Court to hear arguments over Bevin’s power to abolish UofL board of trustees

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today FRANKFORT, Ky. — The political tug of war between Republican Gov. Matt Bevin and Democratic Attorney General Andy Beshear will make its way into the Kentucky Supreme Court in August. Justices are scheduled to hear oral arguments on Aug. 18 in a case in which Beshear is challenging Bevin’s power to abolish the University of Louisville board of trustees and appoint new...

Governor’s Safety and Health Award presented to Louisville-based tech leader Raytheon Co.

Labor Cabinet Deputy Secretary Mike Nemes visited Raytheon Company in Louisville Monday to present a Governor’s Safety and Health Award for working 1,384,573 production hours without a lost-time incident. “Congratulations to Raytheon Company on achieving their second Governor’s Health and Safety Award,” said Labor Cabinet Secretary Derrick Ramsey. “Working over 1,000,000 hours without...

Bevin promoting aerospace investment in Kentucky during this week’s International Paris Air Show

Gov. Matt Bevin, Cabinet for Economic Development Secretary Terry Gill and other state officials and business representatives will attend the 52nd International Paris Air Show in France this week to discuss new business and expansion opportunities with aviation and aerospace executives from around the globe. “Kentucky is a top location in the U.S. for aviation and aerospace engineering, manufacturing...

KyCIR: Bevin among political leaders who sometimes block their critics on social media accounts

By Brendan McCarthy and June Leffler Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting Gov. Matt Bevin in recent months has turned to social media platforms to slam local media and share his political views directly with followers. But as Bevin ramped up his criticism and online dispatches, he’s also blocked more than 500 Twitter users from following him, according to records released this week by ProPublica,...

Yarmuth seeks update on Kentucky’s Medicaid waiver; urges health secretary to reject it

In a June 15 letter, Democratic U.S. Rep. John Yarmuth of Louisville asked U.S. Health Secretary Tom Price for an update on the status of Kentucky’s proposal to reshape its Medicaid program, and urged him to not approve it. The proposal went to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services almost 10 months ago. Approval is expected, but it may include provisions that were not requested of the...

Bevin to join state economic development officials at investment summit in Washington D.C.

Gov. Matt Bevin, Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development leaders Secretary Terry Gill and Executive Officer Vivek Sarin, and officials from KentuckyUnited will attend the 2017 SelectUSA Investment Summit in Washington D.C. this week, engaging with executives from companies around the world and working to develop opportunities for investment and job creation in the state. Bevin is scheduled to speak...

Bevin appoints two to Judicial Nominating panel; Valentine named Coldstream councilman

Gov. Matt Bevin made the following appointments to Kentucky Boards and Commissions: Kristin Reese Williams and Dennis Jackson have been appointed to the Judicial Nominating Commission for the 2nd Judicial Circuit and District of Kentucky. Williams, of Paducah, is a small business owner. She shall serve for a term expiring Jan. 1, 2020. Jackson, of Paducah, is a retired educator. He shall serve for...

Mulch manufacturer to invest $3.8 million in Whitley County; facility to include 21 new jobs

Sims Bark Co. of Georgia LLC, a provider of mulch, soil, rock products and other landscaping material, will locate a new 21-job manufacturing operation in Whitley County, Gov. Matt Bevin announced. “The new facility by Sims Bark adds to the Commonwealth’s thriving timber and forest-products industry while creating sustainable jobs and positive economic impact for Eastern Kentucky,” Bevin said....

Bevin announces creation of Kentucky Work Matters Task Force to promote inclusion in hiring

Gov. Matt Bevin announced Tuesday the creation of the Kentucky Work Matters Task Force at a press conference with federal and state officials and other special guests in the State Capitol Rotunda. The new 23-member task force will bring together every department of state government that has a hand in workforce development with members of the private sector. Their mission is to address barriers to employment...

Thoroughbred Aviation Maintenance to add 15-job facility in Eastern Kentucky on $284,000 investment

Gov. Matt Bevin announced that Thoroughbred Aviation Maintenance Inc., which provides aircraft maintenance, avionics, painting and structural repair, along with overhauling and refurbishment, will open a 15-employee operation at Big Sandy Regional Airport in Martin County. “We are excited to see this continued growth of Kentucky-based Thoroughbred Aviation Maintenance,” Bevin said. “This new...

Commentary: Governor, calling journalists insulting names has no place in civil discourse

Note: An ethics complaint has been filed against Gov. Matt Bevin, who purchased a house near Louisville from a supporter for $1.6 million. Bevin’s attorneys have appealed the Jefferson County Property Valuation Administrator’s assessment of more than $2 million. Courier-Journal reporter Tom Loftus visited the house in March to check reports that Bevin was living there. Despite the fact Loftus,...

Commentary: How we teach and learn must evolve to match the needs of our global economy

By Eli Capilouto Special to KyForward New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman believes that today’s college graduates must do much more than compete for a job. In a global economy, marked by constant change amidst the twin forces of innovation and disruption, competing for today’s good job isn’t good enough. Graduates today, he writes, “will have to ‘invent’ a job … and, given the pace...

Wilderness Trail Distillery to add new jobs in Danville on $10 million expansion project

Wilderness Trail Distillery, a producer of bourbon, rye whiskey, vodka and rum, will increase capacity at its Boyle County facility by six fold with a $9.91 million investment and 10 new jobs, Gov. Matt Bevin announced. “Wilderness Trail’s expansion will create exciting opportunities for people in the Boyle County area and beyond, not only in relation to new jobs, but in attracting new visitors...

Bevin announces appointment of nine members to newly created Charter Schools Advisory Council

Gov. Matt Bevin has named nine members to the Charter Schools Advisory Council, created by the 2017 Kentucky General Assembly. The appointments are: — Brandon Kyle Wilson, Cunningham, represents parents. He is a farm manager for Davis Brothers Farms, former lecturer at Murray State University, and holds a master’s degree from Murray State and a Ph.D. from Auburn University. Wilson shall serve...

Attorney General to challenge Bevin’s ‘absolute authority’ over recent revamping of education boards

Attorney General Andy Beshear announced Wednesday that he is demanding Gov. Matt Bevin rescind a June 2 executive order dissolving and reorganizing numerous state education boards. Failure to do so, Beshear said, would result in legal action by the AG’s office challenging last week’s unlawful and unconstitutional move by the governor, which mirrors conduct taken by the governor against the boards...