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...

Kentucky Supreme Court dismisses Beshear’s lawsuit challenging Bevin’s action on U of L board

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today The Kentucky Supreme Court has dismissed a lawsuit claiming Republican Gov. Matt Bevin acted inappropriately by abolishing and replacing the University of Louisville Board of Trustees. Democratic Attorney General Andy Beshear had filed suit against Bevin, claiming the governor had acted illegally in revamping the board. Gov. Matt Bevin Justices dismissed the case on Thursday...

Proud to say yes to her nation’s call, Kelly Craft officially becomes U.S. ambassador to Canada

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Kelly Craft, the new United States ambassador to Canada, said she was proud to serve in the tradition of the American experience and say yes to the nation’s call. “It was the founders who left their farms and families to craft a new nation,” Craft said during a ceremony at the U.S. State Department. “It is the men and women who have shed blood, both home and abroad,...

Ridley proposing legislation to reinstate mailed notices for expiring driver’s licenses

State Sen. Dorsey Ridley, D-Henderson, has filed legislation to reinstate the practice of sending reminders through the mail to alert drivers that their licenses, permits or personal identification cards are about to expire. “Tens of thousands of citizens across the commonwealth have let their license lapse and you could be one of them,” said Ridley, the Senate Democratic Caucus Chair and a member...

Kentucky awarded $530,000 grant to assist small businesses with international markets

Kentucky’s small businesses can apply for a portion of a $530,000 State Trade Expansion Program (STEP) grant, received through the U.S. Small Business Administration, to help companies begin exporting or boost current international sales, Gov. Matt Bevin announced Wednesday. “Small businesses are the backbone of Kentucky’s economy, and we are excited to see the doors of opportunity that these...

Bevin appoints five new members to state’s Telehealth Oversight Board

Gov. Matt Bevin has made the following appointments to Kentucky Boards and Commissions: Deborah Burton, Erika Skula, Dr. Brett Oliver, Dr. Janet Mills and Timothy L. Olsen have been appointed to the Telehealth Board. • Deborah Burton, of Lexington, is telehealth program manager for KentuckyOne Health. She will represent third parties and serve for a term expiring July 15, 2020. • Erika Skula,...

Beshear hires four law firms to investigate opioid manufacturers; Bevin says action is premature

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Democratic Attorney General Andy Beshear has hired four law firms to investigate and sue companies who have contributed to the opioid epidemic in Kentucky. However, Republican Gov. Matt Bevin’s administration says the Kentucky attorney general’s announcement of a state contract to investigate opioid manufacturers is premature. The Finance and Administration Cabinet...

Bevin names Copley new Commonwealth’s Attorney for 32nd Judicial Circuit

Gov. Matt Bevin appointed Rhonda Copley, of Ashland, as Commonwealth’s Attorney for the 32nd Judicial Circuit of Kentucky. Copley has practiced law for 26 years, with experience in family, criminal, foster parent/private adoptions, probate, and appellate cases—including the Kentucky Supreme Court. “I am honored that Gov. Bevin has selected me to serve my community as Commonwealth’s Attorney...

Auto supplier Metalsa adding 113 new jobs at Owensboro facility with $36.5 expansion project

Automotive frame manufacturer Metalsa Structural Products Inc. will add 113 jobs at its Owensboro facility with a $36.5 million expansion to produce a new line of stamped and welded components. “With three production facilities in the commonwealth, Metalsa stands as one of our largest automotive employers,” Gov. Matt Bevin said. “We are grateful for this additional expansion and these new jobs....

Gov. Bevin designates September as Preparedness Month in Kentucky to encourage disaster planning

In conjunction with National Preparedness Month, Gov. Matt Bevin has proclaimed September as Preparedness Month in Kentucky. Kentucky Emergency Management urges Kentuckians to “BE AWARE – BE PREPARED – HAVE A PLAN – MAKE A KIT.” Kentuckians face threats to their safety and property throughout the year; from tornadoes, flooding, straight line winds, lightning, winter storms, man-made hazards,...