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Kentucky State Treasurer Allison Ball announces return of record $84 million in unclaimed property

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Kentucky State Treasurer Allison Ball, whose office operates what may be called the state’s Lost and Found Department, has returned $84 million in unclaimed property – more than any State Treasurer in Kentucky history in a four-year term – it was announced on Wednesday.

 Since taking office, Ball has revamped the unclaimed property process at the Treasury...

Allison Ball: STABLE Kentucky is game-changing and life-changing for our citizens with disabilities

During my first year in office, I was approached by a young woman who expressed to me her limited ability to save and invest for her future. This limitation came not from her own lack of discipline or willingness, but rather from government regulation. As a person with a disability receiving government benefits, she could only save $2,000 at a time without jeopardizing government benefits she received...

It will be Bevin vs. Beshear in Nov. 5 general election; matchups for other state constitutional offices set

By Tom Latek and Mark Maynard Kentucky Today Kentucky voters have spoken – or at least nearly 20 percent of them – and the race for the governor’s seat is going to be a battle between two political heavyweight rivals. Republican Gov. Matt Bevin received 51 percent of the party’s vote in Tuesday’s primary in his bid for reelection and Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear will be his opponent...

A STABLE Kentucky: Making saving and financial independence easier for people with disabilities

Two years ago, Kentucky State Treasurer Allison Ball launched STABLE Kentucky, a savings and investment program for Kentuckians with disabilities at no additional cost to Kentucky taxpayers. Today, nearly 300 Kentuckians have opened a STABLE Kentucky account and the program has a market value of over $1,321,000, an increase of over $790,000 from the market value a year ago. “STABLE Kentucky accounts...

KY universities partner with State Treasurer to support empowerment for teachers, students

Economic educators across the state  have joined with State Treasurer Allison Ball to launch the Coalition for Financial Literacy in the Commonwealth (CFLC). Ball Partners include Eastern Kentucky University, Morehead State University, Murray State University, the University of Kentucky and Northern Kentucky University. The CFLC was formed to combine resources to teach personal finance, entrepreneurship...

Allison Ball: Tax reform on federal level is essential to increase economic growth in Kentucky

As Kentucky State Treasurer, I am keenly aware of Kentucky’s economic pulse since my office balances the Commonwealth’s many checkbooks and is in charge of Kentucky’s funds. From this vantage point, I know that we need tax reform to increase Kentucky’s economic growth and for greater middle-class prosperity throughout the Commonwealth. While the leadership in the Commonwealth wrestles with...

Ball, Landrum unveil new and improved government transparency website to track tax dollar spending

State Treasurer Allison Ball and Finance and Administration Secretary William M. Landrum III unveiled a new and improved transparency website so that citizens can see where their tax dollars are spent. The redesigned website, called transparency.ky.gov, has improved navigation and search tools making it easier to access information quickly. The upgraded search feature functionality allows citizens...

Attorney General joins in effort to secure state $3 million in unclaimed money from transfer company

Attorney General Andy Beshear has joined a group of states in filing a complaint that could secure nearly $3 million for Kentucky. The dispute seeks Kentucky’s right to receive unclaimed “official checks” that were issued by MoneyGram, a money transfer services company that operates in all 50 states and internationally, and sold in Kentucky. Beshear joined Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge...

Buck Ryan: Let’s not squander the lessons learned from Matt Bevin’s dickens of a wakeup call

A Tale of Two Young Voters: It was the left of times, it was the right of times, depending on whether you’re a future journalist or a current Honors student. The historic Kentucky election of 2015 has some people shaking their heads and others sorting their quantitative and qualitative research results. Who was The Biggest Loser on election night: Auditor Adam Edelen, the Bluegrass Poll or traditional-elite...