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Governor signs legislation that will result in creation of more than 14,500 jobs across Commonwealth

Gov. Andy Beshear joined legislative leaders from both parties on Wednesday to sign bipartisan legislation appropriating funds from the federal American Rescue Plan Act to create jobs, build better schools, expand broadband and invest in infrastructure, including clean drinking water. The Governor also signed House Bill 574, which expands voting opportunities in Kentucky. “While points of friction...

National Governors Association task force steps up bipartisan momentum on infrastructure

The co-chairs of the National Governors Association (NGA)’s Economic Recovery and Revitalization Task Force discussed the vital federal-state partnership on infrastructure during a meeting with fellow Governors as they demonstrate bipartisan leadership on a key issue to post-pandemic economic recovery. Governors Andy Beshear of Kentucky and Henry McMaster of South Carolina joined Maine Governor Janet...

Bill Straub: Where oh where is McConnell’s infrastructure plan to fix all the bridges and roads?

It would be redundant to note that the term “infrastructure week,” invoked during the administration of erstwhile President Donald J. Trump, became something of a running joke since the former guy’s entire four-year tenure was itself a running joke, a cruel one but a joke nonetheless. It seemed that every time Trump found himself in a tight spot, constantly, in other words, he dangled the...

Commentary: Kentucky’s economy cannot afford to wait another year for investment in infrastructure

The following is a letter sent to the General Assembly from a coalition of Kentucky’s businesses, chambers of commerce, and associations urging passage of House Bill 561, increasing investment in Kentucky’s infrastructure. Time is running out, and we cannot afford to let another session come and go without increasing investment in our infrastructure to pave the way for Kentucky’s economic...

Beshear to lead bipartisan task force to guide states in economic recovery, revitalization efforts

The National Governors Association (NGA) has announced that Gov. Andy Beshear will lead a bipartisan task force to guide states in their economic recovery and revitalization efforts amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Gov. Andy Beshear “I am deeply honored and humbled to be asked by the NGA to work on this crucially important issue,” Beshear said. “This global health crisis has upended economies...

Kentucky Youth Advocates launch Blueprint for Kentucky’s Children’s 2021 policy, budget priorities

Kentucky Youth Advocates and partners from across the commonwealth have launched the Blueprint for Kentucky’s Children’s 2021 policy and budget priorities. The Blueprint for Kentucky’s Children is a coalition of nonprofit, public and private organizations that stands on three pillars: thriving communities launch strong families, strong families launch successful kids, and successful kids launch...

Commentary: Airport execs say KY must invest in critical infrastructure to better connect us to world

By Eric Frankl, Candace McGraw, and Dan Mann Special to KyFoward In 2019, Kentuckians took to the skies like never before. At the Commonwealth’s three largest commercial airports — Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport (CVG), Louisville Muhammad Ali International Airport (SDF), and Blue Grass Airport (LEX) — we collectively served nearly 15 million passengers. But the millions of...

International magazine honors LG&E and KU in elite group for economic development, job creation

Site Selection, the international economic development magazine, has named LG&E and KU among an elite group of the top 20 utilities in the U.S. for corporate facility investment and job creation in their territories in 2018. The evaluation included a field of approximately 3,300 electric utilities across the country. “We strive to bring growth and expansion to the territories we serve, and it’s...

Various stormwater grant opportunities for Lexington organizations now available

Lexington’s Stormwater Quality Projects Incentive Grant Program is entering its 10th year of funding projects to reduce stormwater runoff, improve water quality and educate citizens about water issues in Lexington. Applications are open for all types of grants: infrastructure, education and neighborhood. Neighborhood and education grant applications are due on May 10. Infrastructure grant applications...

Kentucky Highway Plan prioritizes 1,000 bridge repairs, 5,000 miles of pavement improvements

Kentucky’s 2018 Highway Plan will prioritize spending on more than 1,000 bridge repairs and 5,000 miles of pavement improvements during the next six years. “The recently enacted six-year Highway Plan represents the most balanced approach released by Kentucky in decades for addressing the Commonwealth’s transportation needs,” said Gov. Matt Bevin. “This data-driven plan moves us in the right...

Quarles says president’s infrastructure proposal would address needs of Kentucky, other rural states

An infrastructure proposal unveiled by the Trump Administration would address the needs of Kentucky and other rural states and give them more control over the process, said Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles, who joined other leaders from throughout the nation to discuss the plan in a meeting with President Donald Trump at the White House Monday. Ryan Quarles “President Trump’s election...

Trump to outline infrastructure plan that could help rural areas, but details are still in the works

Following criticism that his proposed budget would hit rural areas hardest, President Trump will travel to Ohio and Kentucky on Wednesday to announce details of his infrastructure plan that he says will help rural areas. Rural voters have called his budget a ‘slap in the face’ due to the cuts in funding to Medicaid, rural loan programs, crop insurance for farmers and other services. The...

Understanding water: Infrastructure challenges are significant, expensive; lead pipes threaten quality

By Judy Clabes KyForward editor Second in a three-part series The American Water Works Association estimates that the country’s water infrastructure needs are a whopping $1 trillion over the next three decades. The infrastructure issue is increasingly key to safe drinking water: If safe water is put into old, lead or leaky pipes, it may not be safe when it comes out of the faucets in your home. Corrosion...

Understanding water: We take safe drinking water for granted, but most of the rest of world doesn’t have it

By Judy Clabes KyForward editor First of three parts We step up to the sink, turn on the faucet and expect water to come out. We take for granted that it will be clean and safe to drink. We expect, as an inalienable right, what most people around the world cannot imagine. So, here we are, knowing that water is essential to everything in life – and finding the devil in the details. Here are some...