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Budget agreement includes cuts, full pension contributions and some new revenue

By Ashley Spalding Kentucky Center for Economic Policy The state budget passed Monday by the General Assembly for fiscal years 2019 and 2020 is very similar to the House’s budget proposal. Like the House proposal, the budget agreement – and accompanying revenue bill – includes substantial cuts in many areas but also raises a small amount of revenue and relies heavily on fund transfers in order...

Kentucky Commission on Women announces winners of second annual ‘History Makers’ Awards

The Kentucky Commission on Women put out a call to recognize outstanding female mentors and role models; the call was met with nominations from across the state. Although the winners of the award all serve in different fields, they share two common characteristics – the ability to give of themselves and the ability to inspire others to create their own history. The Commission will tell the stories...

Ky. Commission on Women accepting nominations for History Maker Award through February 28

National Women’s History Month begins the first of March and the Kentucky Commission on Women (KCW) is seeking nominations for women who are instrumental in helping other females achieve success. The women selected will be paid tribute to for their unselfish roles as mentors and role models. These women will be recognized with the “History Maker” award. This award seeks to shed light...

Bevin names pair to Commission on Women; Mocker on Tourism Development Finance Authority

Gov. Matt Bevin has made the following appointments to Kentucky Boards and Commissions: Dr. Sandra Robbin Shuffett and Lorrie Anne Parker have been appointed to the Kentucky Commission on Women. Dr. Sandra Robbin Shuffett, of Nicholasville, is a physician. Shuffett will serve for a term expiring Jan. 17, 2021. Lorrie Anne Parker, of Lexington, is office manager at the Office of the Governor. Parker...

Kentucky Commission on Women honor four mentors to highlight Women’s History Month

The Kentucky Commission on Women (KCW) has traditionally used March to honor women of the past; however, this year, KCW is honoring the women of the present shaping women of the future. KCW sought nominations from around the state. “Positive role models and mentors are immensely important for women and girls,” said KCW executive director Cordelia Harbut. “We want to encourage these relationships...

Kentucky Commission on Women accepting nominations for ‘history making’ mentors

March is National Women’s History Month, and the Kentucky Commission on Women (KCW) is honoring women by recognizing “history makers” – women who mentor or serve as role models for other women or girls as they work toward achieving their goals and dreams to make their own marks on history. “We know the importance of positive role models and mentors for women and girls,” said Cordelia Harbut,...

Bevin names six new members to Kentucky Commission on Women; two added to facilities panel

Gov. Matt Bevin has made the following appointments to Kentucky Commission on Women and the School Facilities Construction Commission. Krista Amy Fennel, Sarah Cameron, Brenda Lee Gluck, Miranda Leigh Aavatsmark, Greta Greenwade Jones, and Danette J. Wilder have been appointed to the Kentucky Commission on Women. • Krista Amy Fennel, of Paducah, shall serve for a term expiring Jan. 17, 2021. • Sarah...

Jordan named new OET director; Bevin selects six for Kentucky Commission on Women

Rick Jordan has been appointed as the new executive director of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet’s Office of Employment and Training (OET). The Walton native will replace current director Jason Dunn, who is leaving that role to accept a position within the Cabinet for Health and Family Services on Oct. 1. Rick Jordan “Rick has an impressive background in industry leadership...

Harbut named new executive director for Kentucky Commission on Women by Bevin

Cordelia “Dee Dee” Harbut has been named the executive director of the Kentucky Commission on Women and she will also serve as the Governor’s Office of Minority Empowerment Acting Director, Gov. Matt Bevin said. “It is with excitement that we announce the appointment of Dee Dee Harbut as the executive director for Kentucky Commission on Women,” said Bevin. “I am confident that her character,...

‘Dreamers & Doers’: Film profiling Kentucky women, their achievements premieres soon

‘Dreamers & Doers,’ produced by Michael Breeding Media, provides insight into the role women have played in Kentucky’s history, growth and development.   An hour-long documentary showcasing the role women have played in the history, growth and development of Kentucky will premiere with showings in Lexington, Frankfort, Louisville and Springfield, beginning next week.   Dreamers...

School Board Recognition Month: The rise of the women in numerous roles

(Photo from Wikimedia)   By Madelynn Coldiron Special to KyForward     Not only have Kentucky women increased their numbers on school boards over the past three decades, they have done so as a greater percentage than women in other locally elected positions.   “I do think that attitudes have changed in that more women feel a responsibility to participate in their community and...

Unused cellphone drive from Verizon turns into $50,000 grant to help abuse victims

A group of state and local officials including First Lady Jane Beshear, Lt. Gov. Jerry Abramson and chair of Kentucky Commission on Women Madeline Abramson gathered in Louisville Wednesday to present a Verizon $50,000 grant to the KCW.   The money is from the first month of a statewide HopeLine Verizon drive in which 18 state agencies and numerous other participants collected old phones and accessories...

Statewide HopeLine Drive collects phonesfor WorkSafe violence prevention training

By Madeline Abramson and Eleanor Jordan Special to KyForward   State government offices across Kentucky are serving as collection sites for wireless phones, tablets and accessories no longer in use during October, which is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, in an effort to reduce the number of domestic violence incidents that move into the workplace. The devices collected by the Kentucky Commission...

Eleanor Jordan to speak at the Daughtersof Greatness breakfast at the Ali Center

Kentucky Commission on Women Executive Director Eleanor Jordan will speak at the upcoming Daughters of Greatness breakfast at the Muhammad Ali Center in Louisville on Friday, Feb. 7.   Throughout the year, the Daughters of Greatness breakfast series invites prominent women engaged in social philanthropy, activism and pursuits of justice to share their stories with the Louisville community. The...

‘Why are we telling only half the story?’ is new film project celebrating Kentucky women

While members of the Kentucky Equal Rights Association look on, Kentucky Gov. Edwin P. Morrow signs the bill ratifying the 19th Amendment allowing women to vote on Jan. 6, 1920. (Photo from State Archives)   Staff report   Those who enjoyed last night’s screening at the Kentucky Theatre of the documentary celebrating the centennial of the Kentucky Governor’s Mansion may soon have...

Three inducted posthumously into Capitol’s ‘Kentucky Women Remembered’ exhibit

The Kentucky Commission on Women, along with Gov. Steve Beshear, today honored three distinguished Kentucky women for their illustrious careers and significant contributions to the Commonwealth.   Lois Howard Gray, Thelma Stovall and Mary Eugenia Wharton were inducted posthumously into the “Kentucky Women Remembered” exhibit. As part of the honor, their portraits will be displayed alongside...

Jane Beshear encourages Kentuckians to volunteer for annual ‘Shop & Share’ day

First Lady Jane Beshear is encouraging Kentuckians to volunteer and participate in the 5th Annual “Shop & Share” day, a one-day goods drive to benefit domestic violence shelters across the state. The drive will be held at Kentucky Kroger and Food City stores on the Saturday of Super Bowl weekend, Feb. 2, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.   “All of us are aware of the appalling crime of domestic...