Gov. Bevin names appointees to Ag Development Board, Kentucky Emergency Response Commission

Gov. Matt Bevin has made the following appointments to Kentucky Boards and Commissions: John Fritz Giesecke and Katie L. Moyer have been appointed to the Agricultural Development Board. John Fritz Giesecke, of Horse Cave, is a farmer. He will represent the Kentucky Farm Bureau Federation and serve for a term expiring July 6, 2021. Katie L. Moyer, of Dawson Springs, is an agribusiness representative....

Commentary: We must not ‘kick the can down the road’ in fixing Kentucky’s ailing retirement system

By Governor Matt Bevin, Senate President Robert Stivers, and House Speaker Jeff Hoover Special to KyForward Kentucky’s pension systems are in critical condition. While certain state retirement plans are arguably in “better shape” than others, every system is severely underfunded and rapidly spiraling downward toward a single outcome: no more money to pay Kentucky’s retirees. Understandably,...

Gov. Bevin launches ‘Beautify the Bluegrass’ Initiative to encourage Kentuckians to Beautify communities

Gov. Matt Bevin on Friday launched his new “Beautify the Bluegrass” initiative, calling on Kentuckians to come together to make their hometowns shine. “I want to encourage people in every Kentucky community to figure how out they can become the most beautiful community in the Commonwealth,” said Gov. Bevin. “The concept is simple: Identify a problem that needs attention, and then find a way...

Governor Bevin joins 17-state coalition calling on Department of Labor to rescind Persuader Rule

Gov. Matt Bevin on Friday joined with a 17-state coalition, led by Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, to urge the U.S. Department of Labor to rescind the Obama-era Persuader Rule. This regulation threatened to increase legal costs for businesses and undermine the longstanding and vital attorney-client privilege. In a letter to Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta, the group concludes: “Given that the...

Governor’s office placing rocks with anti-drug messages around Kentucky’s state parks

Gov. Matt Bevin’s office says it is putting painted rocks around the state to raise awareness about Kentucky’s opioid epidemic and the governor’s “Don’t Let Them Die” initiative to fight it. “Rocks for this campaign will initially be hidden in the Frankfort, Lexington and Louisville areas but the governor’s office hopes to have rocks placed in all 120 Kentucky counties...

Governor appoints Jeremy Mattox of Georgetown circuit court judge for the 14th Judicial Circuit

Jeremy Mattox, of Georgetown, has been appointed by Governor Matt Bevin as the 14th Judicial Circuit Judge, Division 1, serving Bourbon, Scott and Woodford Counties. He will replace Judge Rob Johnson, who was recently appointed to the Kentucky Court of Appeals. Mattox is a graduate of Harrison County High School and obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and History from Georgetown...

Bevin appoints former Ballard County Sheriff Todd Cooper to judge-executive position

Gov. Matt Bevin on Tuesday appointed Richard Todd Cooper as Judge-Executive of Ballard County. Todd Cooper, of Barlow, has most recently served as Deputy Judge-Executive and was previously the Ballard County Sheriff from 1995 to 2015. He is a 1984 graduate of Ballard Memorial High School, a 1986 graduate of Paducah Community College, and a 1988 graduate of the University of Louisville—with a bachelor’s...

Bevin names two to Nursing Board; four added to state Minority Employment Council

Gov. Matt Bevin has made the following appointments to Kentucky Boards and Commissions: Crystal Lynn Morgan and Christina Coleman Johnson have been appointed to the Board of Nursing. Morgan, of Marrowbone, is a nurse with Metcalfe County Healthcare. She will represent the Kentucky State Association of Licensed Practical Nurses and serve for a term expiring June 30, 2020. Johnson, of Owenton, is a...

Bevin makes appointments to Kentucky Traumatic Brain Injury Trust Fund Board

Gov. Matt Bevin made the following appointments to Kentucky Boards and Commissions: Jessica Shannon Pettigrew, Mary Catherine Hass, Jacquelyn Jean Graven, and David Sun have been appointed to the Kentucky Traumatic Brain Injury Trust Fund Board. • Jessica Shannon Pettigrew, of Lexington, is a social worker at Eastern State Hospital. She will represent social workers and serve for a term expiring...

Commentary: Eight members of the legislature propose a way forward for tax reform

From: Rep. Jim Wayne, Rep. Tom Burch, Rep. Attica Scott, Rep. Kelly Flood, Rep. Reginald Meeks, Rep. George Brown Jr., Rep. Mary Lou Marzian and Rep. Joni Jenkins We applaud Gov. Matt Bevin for seeking input on how to overhaul Kentucky’s tax code and ensure our obligations to public workers and retirees are met. There is really no question Kentucky needs to clean up its tax code so we can generate...