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Federal appeals court strikes down Medicaid work requirements that Bevin attempted to impose

A federal appeals court ruled Friday against the work requirements that then-Gov. Matt Bevin tried to impose on Medicaid enrollees who were not “medically frail” and had no dependents. The Trump administration was arbitrary and capricious when it approved Bevin’s plan and one in Arkansas, a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit ruled unanimously. Gov....

Al Cross: ‘Modest’ or ‘moderate,’ Gov. Beshear’s budget plan is a small risk for him

The last time Kentucky had a governor of one party and a legislature of the other party, the governor proposed increasing a relatively new 3 percent sales tax to 5 percent. Asked why he asked for a 67 percent increase, Republican Louie Nunn said something like, “You get in just as much trouble for stealing a sheep as you do for stealing a lamb, so just take the sheep.” In other words, if you’re...

Prichard Committee candidate questionnaire on education issues: Check your legislator’s responses

For the first time, the Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence is offering a candidate questionnaire for the 2018 election on education issues affecting the Commonwealth of Kentucky. Earlier this fall, the questionnaire was sent to all general election candidates for the Kentucky General Assembly. The candidates’ responses to the questionnaire can be viewed on the Committee’s website and will...

Longtime Northern Kentucky legislator Art Schmidt dies at age 91; services set for Friday in Cold Spring

Arthur (Art) L. Schmidt, a Northern Kentucky legend for his service to the legislature and the community, died Sunday. He was 91. Art Schmidt and his signature smile. Schmidt was born May 1, 1927, in Cold Spring to Joseph and Elizabeth Schmidt who preceded him in death. He served 18 years in the Kentucky House of Representatives, representing the 69th District, where he rose to the position of Minority...

Long-awaited pension reform legislation could be introduced as early as Wednesday, lawmakers say

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today The wait may be over. The long-awaited public pension reform bill will be introduced Wednesday or Thursday, at the latest, lawmakers said. House Speaker Pro Tem David Osborne, R-Prospect, indicated legislation will begin in the Senate, as early as Wednesday. House Speaker Pro Tem David Osborne said the much anticipated pension reform bill will be revealed Wednesday, starting...

Legislation filed that would give UK authority to move ahead with campus renovations

Legislation authorizing the University of Kentucky to move forward with self-financing of $275 million in infrastructure projects that would accelerate the transformation of the UK campus was filed Tuesday afternoon.   (Graphic from UKNow) Specifically, House Bill 7, sponsored by Rep. Rick Rand, chair of the House Appropriations and Revenue Committee, would allow UK to move forward with three...