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Kentucky breaks record for fourth consecutive year in 2018 with $31.76 billion in exported goods

Kentucky exports reached an all-time high for a fourth consecutive year with $31.76 billion in goods and services shipped abroad from the commonwealth in 2018, a 2.9-percent increase from the previous year. “Once again, Kentucky’s record-setting exports highlight the momentous economic progress we have achieved in recent years,” Gov. Matt Bevin said. “Our rapidly expanding trade is the result...

Gambling awareness, March Madness share month; NCAA Tournament largest gambling event of the year

In March, the largest gambling event of the year – the NCAA men’s basketball tournament – begins. March also is national Problem Gambling Awareness Month (PGAM). If the Kentucky General Assembly passes House Bill 175, and it is signed into law by Gov. Matt Bevin, sports betting in Kentucky will become legal. Even more betting on basketball will occur. The Kentucky Council on Problem Gambling...

Bevin joins lawmakers, stakeholders to encourage participation in upcoming 2020 U.S. Census

Gov. Matt Bevin on Tuesday joined members of the 2020 Census State Task Force, a bipartisan delegation of state legislators, and stakeholder groups in Frankfort to encourage statewide participation in the 2020 U.S. Census. “The decennial U.S. Census is a vital undertaking that directly impacts each state’s legislative representation as well as the allocation of federal funds and governmental services,”...

KCTCS announces launch of GED Plus; program will allow Kentucky adults to earn GED, college credential

In collaboration with Kentucky Skills U, the Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS) has announced the launch of GED Plus, a new program allowing Kentucky adults to earn a GED and a college credential at the same time. GED Plus is an innovative program that helps students earn a tuition-free certificate through co-enrollment in the Skills U GED program and short-term KCTCS courses....

Bevin announces $25,000 early childhood grant through NGA Center for Best Practices

Gov. Matt Bevin has announced that the Commonwealth has been awarded a one-year $25,000 National Governor’s Association (NGA) Center for Best Practices grant to enhance early childhood development. Through this NGA grant — Integrating and Advancing State Prenatal to Age Three Policies — the Governor’s Office of Early Childhood (GOEC) will collaborate with partner agencies to align policies...

Governor activates Kentucky National Guard to aid victims of flooding from heavy rains across the state

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Kentucky National Guard troops have been activated in response to continued flooding conditions resulting from heavy rain throughout Kentucky. Since Feb. 6, the state has experienced prolonged episodes of storms which have produced heavy rain, strong and gusting wind, flooding and flash flooding, landslides and mudslides across the state, according to Kentucky Emergency...

Despite opposition, measure allowing state officials to avoid Franklin Circuit Court clears committee

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Despite strong opposition from Kentucky’s chief justice, a bill that could remove civil lawsuits involving state government from Franklin Circuit Court easily cleared a Senate committee on Monday. Under the proposed bill, sponsored by Senate President Robert Stivers, R-Manchester, any action that includes a claim for declaratory judgement, injunctive relief, or other form...

Bevin declares state of emergency in response to continued heavy rainfall across Kentucky

Gov. Matt Bevin has declared a statewide emergency in response to continued heavy rainfall which has caused widespread flooding and critical infrastructure damage across the Commonwealth. The Governor’s executive order enables the mobilization of state resources to be to be utilized in support of cities and counties as needed. Kentucky Division of Emergency Management (KYEM) activated the State...

Bevin appoints Gail Russell as PPC Secretary, David Dickerson as Labor Secretary

Gov. Matt Bevin has announced the appointment of two top administration officials to permanent leadership posts — Gail Russell as Secretary of the Public Protection Cabinet (PPC), and David Dickerson as Secretary of the Labor Cabinet. Both Russell and Dickerson have served their respective cabinets as acting secretaries during the past several months. “The Commonwealth is extremely blessed...

Bevin touts strength, growth, cites ‘Blueprint for Better KY’ in State of Commonwealth address

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today “The State of the Commonwealth is strong, very strong,” Gov. Matt Bevin said during his annual State of the Commonwealth address, delivered to a joint session of the General Assembly Thursday night. 
Bevin described progress from seven items from the “Blueprint for a Better Kentucky” he handed out during his first such address in 2016. 
The first point was enacting...

Governor and First Lady celebrate Shop and Share fundraiser for state’s domestic violence shelters

Gov. Matt Bevin and First Lady Glenna Bevin joined community partners at The Center for Women and Families in Louisville to announce the exciting results of the Shop and Share 2019 fundraiser for domestic violence shelters in the Commonwealth. Shoppers at more than 120 Kroger and other grocery stores across Kentucky donated $592,088 in supplies and funds during the one-day goods drive on Saturday,...

CHFS releases updated Medicaid budget predictions, Kentucky HEALTH timeline for 2019

The Cabinet for Health and Family Services has released updated guidance regarding the implementation of Kentucky HEALTH, which was re-approved in November by the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. The new information includes updated implementation milestones for various components of Kentucky HEALTH that will be phased-in during 2019. On April 1, Kentucky HEALTH will begin with many...

Al Cross: AG’s race shapes up as most interesting; Republican side rests on McConnell’s involvement

The filing deadline has passed, so let’s make up the scorecard for this year’s statewide elections, starting with the party labels and the top job on the ballots. Republicans are at real risk of losing the governorship, mainly due to Gov. Matt Bevin’s self-inflicted wounds. Al Cross But the Kentucky Democratic Party, after decades of decline, risks being shut out of statewide office. Its best...

Bevin signs order consolidating adult education services, WIOA partners under one agency

In an effort to align the state’s workforce resources, Gov. Matt Bevin has signed an Executive Order placing adult education services within the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet (EWDC). Kentucky’s adult education services play a key role in helping Kentuckians become college and career ready by preparing individuals for the GED high school equivalency test, postsecondary education...

Gov. Bevin to run again — with new running mate, state Sen. Ralph Alverado, Winchester physican

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Republican Gov. Matt Bevin has chosen a new running mate for his re-election bid, replacing the woman who made history nearly four years ago as the first African-American elected to a statewide office in Kentucky.

 Jenean Hampton Bevin introduced state Sen. Ralph Alvarado, a Winchester physician, as his replacement for Bowling Green businesswoman Jenean Hampton at a...

Bevin releases online annual report highlighting Kentucky’s 2018 economic growth, accomplishments

Gov. Matt Bevin has announced the launch of an interactive website — www.BevinAnnualReport.com — highlighting the accomplishments of year three of the Bevin Administration. Gov. Matt Bevin “In just three years’ time, Kentucky has moved to the forefront of national influence, steadily gaining recognition as America’s center for engineering and manufacturing excellence,” said Bevin....

Government shutdown delays lawsuit against Governor Matt Bevin’s Kentucky Health Plan

The partial shutdown of the federal government has slowed the lawsuit challenging Gov. Matt Bevin’s plan to revamp Kentucky’s Medicaid program with work requirements and premiums starting April 1. The judge handling the case in Washington, D.C., gave federal lawyers an extra week to file briefs, after denying their motion for an indefinite stay. The acronym in the name of the state’s...

Al Cross: Bevin’s chances for re-election, if he runs, are better than you think, popularity notwithstanding

If Gov. Matt Bevin really does run for re-election, as he keeps saying he will, and as I believe he will, what chance does he have of winning? Better than you might think. Yes, he may be America’s most unpopular governor. In the latest Morning Consult state-by-state poll, for the last quarter of 2018, his approval rating was 34 percent and his disapproval was 51 percent. (Four other governors had...

Harless, Cooper travel to China for economic development meetings with Shanying International

Paducah Mayor Brandi Harless and Ballard County Judge-Executive Todd Cooper are heading to China on Jan. 17 for three days of meetings with Shanying International Holdings, the parent company for Global Win and Phoenix Paper. Shanying invited Harless and Cooper to attend a conference for global employees, business partners, government officials and guest speakers. In August 2018, Global Win signed...

Governor’s Office of Early Childhood receives $10.6 million federal Preschool Development Grant

The Governor’s Office of Early Childhood (GOEC) has been awarded a $10,620,000 federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) Preschool Development Grant – Birth through Five (PDG B-5). Kentucky was one of six states to receive the highest funding amount. This one-year grant focuses on planning, with the opportunity to apply for additional funding in 2019. The purpose of Kentucky’s PDG B-5 is...