Dorsey Ridley: Kentucky’s pension system needs to be fixed, but latest draft legislation isn’t the answer

I’ve never seen anything like this. The governor announces earlier this year that he is taking the politically courageous step of tackling Kentucky’s public pension challenges but then lets wild rumors ferment for months by not releasing a plan. When he does release his plan, it’s 505-pages long and on the eleventh hour on a Friday. And along the way, he creates fright and panic among current...

Frankfort judge strikes down law requiring medical review of malpractice lawsuits; Bevin to appeal

A judge has ruled that a new law aimed at decreasing frivolous lawsuits and lowering malpractice insurance costs was unconstitutional, and he prohibited the state from enforcing it. Franklin Circuit Judge Phillip Shepherd The Oct. 30 ruling by Franklin Circuit Judge Phillip Shepherd said the 2017 law is unconstitutional because it restricts the right of people to plead their cases in court by requiring...

First Lady Glenna Bevin hosts “Pjammin’ Party” for children affected by pediatric cancer

First Lady Glenna Bevin recently invited more than 80 children and family members from across Kentucky directly affected by pediatric cancer to the Governor’s Mansion for a pajama party. The children and their families were treated to dinner, crafts, music and a movie. Additionally, the American Childhood Cancer Organization provided books for each child, sibling and parent with information on...

Bevin administration releases data showing Kentucky teachers wealthier under “Keeping the Promise” plan

The Bevin administration on Monday released data showing new teachers enrolling in the defined contribution retirement plan, a 401(a) plan, can be wealthier at retirement than if they began in the defined benefits plan currently in law. The estimate shows that a new teacher starting at age 24 and working until age 61 will start retirement with $1.59 million. If reinvested, this could translate into...

‘One Toyota’ creates new $80m engineering facility in Georgetown with capacity for 800 on cutting-edge

It’s a big task, but Toyota Motor North America has the best and brightest accepting the challenge: innovate and problem solve to create the next generation of manufacturing technology. Today’s newly opened $80 million, 235,000 square foot state-of-the-art and environmentally-conscious Production Engineering and Manufacturing Center (PEMC) in Georgetown, is the final building constructed under...

Dennis Keene: Governor, Republican leaders should move slowly and cautiously with pension reform

It is becoming more and more apparent that a special session will be called by Governor Matt Bevin later this fall to deal with pension reform. Although we have a nearly four-month regular session of the General Assembly coming up in January, the Governor is determined to spend upwards of $65,000 per day to convene the legislature on state pensions. Will history repeat itself with another round of...

Julian Carroll: Sports wagering could bring in new revenue for Kentucky’s ailing pension system

Last month PFM, a consulting group contracted by Governor Bevin, recommended drastic changes to our pension systems and to the benefits of current and future public servants in Kentucky. Most of those recommended changes ignored our moral and legal obligation to pensioners. Reducing the benefits of our hard-working public servants is not an option. We must find new revenue sources to provide funding...

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...