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Jim Waters: Fix state’s retirement systems; one idea: no more sick day accumulation to spike pensions

Legislators campaigning to hold on to their seats may be jittery about dealing with controversial pension reform, but the problems plaguing the state’s retirement systems don’t hibernate just because there’s an election. Despite record amounts of funding in recent years, the ailing Teachers’ Retirement System (TRS) is saddled with $14.5 billion worth of liabilities, remains under 60% funded...

Bill aimed at returning control of Medicaid pharmacy back to state advancing, despite cost warnings

By Melissa Patrick Kentucky Health News A bill to put the state back in charge of its Medicaid drug program has cleared the Senate health committee and now heads to the full Senate for a vote, but with what will likely be a “winding road” to its final passage, according to its sponsor. Its main obstacle appears to be cost, but it could force more transparency in the shadowy process of making...

U.S. Department of Justice data shows incarceration rates rising in Kentucky despite nationwide decline

New data from the federal agency charged with tracking criminal justice statistics around the nation reveals Kentucky’s incarceration rate is surging even though the nation’s incarceration rate declined for the third consecutive year. KY now has the ninth-highest incarceration rate in the nation according to the U.S. Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Statistics “Prisoners in 2016”...