A publication of the Kentucky Center for Public Service Journalism

SD1 adjusts storm water boundary, removes about 1,500 properties; plan approved by Division of Water

Sanitation District No. 1 is tightening up its storm water service area to better serve customers across Northern Kentucky. The area shaded green designates the new SD1 storm water service area. About 1,500 properties are being removed from the service area. Some locations not shaded green are covered by other city/county storm water programs. Click to enlarge (provided image). The adjustment, approved...

State scrambling to deal with fallout from court ruling on the Kentucky HEALTH Medicaid plan

By Melissa Patrick Kentucky Health News As the Cabinet for Health and Family Services scrambles to deal with the fallout from a court ruling that vacated the state’s new Medicaid plan, which was set to go into place July 1, its call centers and front-line staff are using a new question-and-answer document to help health-care providers advise their Medicaid clients. The document says Kentucky...

Governor creates Economic Opportunity Commission to help ‘disadvantaged’ access growing opportunities

Gov. Matt Bevin has created an Economic Opportunity Commission, which will be attached to the Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development (KCED). The new Commission combines the Governor’s Office of Minority Affairs and the Governor’s Minority Employment, Business Affairs and Economic Development Council. The Economic Opportunity Commission will consist of 12 voting members appointed by the Governor,...

Here’s how the tax picture has changed for you as new state tax laws are now in effect

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Changes to Kentucky’s sales tax laws mean residents will be paying tax on some services for the first time, as well as a higher cigarette tax. These changes became effective July 1. House Bill 487, effective July 1, brings sales tax to several service items and also taxes cigarettes at 50 cents more per pack. (Photo by Tom Latek,Kentucky Today) House Bill 487, enacted...

Covington’s street-sweeping schedule began today, continues for two months, click on links for details

The City of Covington’s Public Works Department will begin its seasonal street-sweeping schedule today, having divided the City into 12 sections which will be swept over a two-month period. To find out when your street will be swept: Identify which section you are in on the map that can be seen HERE. Then click on your section of the map to see which days Public Works will be in your neighborhood. (If...

Bring a blanket: It’s outdoor movie time in Covington; film showings throughout the summer

The smell of freshly popped popcorn and a sea of picnic blankets can mean only one thing: The beginning of outdoor movie season. More than 1,500 watched the movie “Hocus Pocus” at Linden Grove Cemetery last October as part of “Cinema in the Cemetery.” Families will have seven opportunities to catch free kid-friendly outdoor movies in three different locations this year, all...

It’s Reformulated Gas Independence Day: NKY no longer is required to use more expensive gasoline

It’s the date to celebrate the final hurdle in a four-year journey to erase an environmental regulatory burden that negatively impacted every local business and individual who purchases gasoline in Northern Kentucky.   Today gasoline service stations in Boone, Kenton and Campbell counties may sell conventional gasoline instead of the more-costly Reformulated Gasoline (“RFG”).    The July 1 date...

Kentucky HEALTH delayed by federal judge, halts plan to require Medicaid recipients to work

Staff report A federal judge ruled Friday the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) failed to adequately consider how Kentucky’s proposed Medicaid work rules would affect residents’ access to health care as required under federal law. The ruling halts implementation of the state’s proposal which would have required Medicaid recipients to work, volunteer or otherwise engage in community...

State ending fiscal year Saturday with at least a $114.4m budget surplus; lottery, individual taxes up

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Despite dire predictions of the state’s financial future over the past 12 months, Kentucky’s General Fund is going to finish the fiscal year that ends Saturday with a $114.4 million budget surplus.   Deputy State Budget Director Greg Harkenrider announced the budget figure during a Thursday meeting of the Interim Joint Appropriations and Revenue Committee. 
He says...

The Rural Blog: Farmers urge president to suspend tariffs on Mexico in face of NAFTA negotiations

More than 60 companies and organizations representing American dairy farmers and cheesemakers wrote an open letter to President Trump praising him for his efforts to halt Canadian dairy subsidies but asking that the administration roll back its new tariffs on Mexico. They urged the rollback “in light of that country’s constructive engagement in North American Free Trade Agreement negotiations...

Covington expands incentives for small businesses; favors businesses that benefit City, neighborhoods

Covington is expanding the boundaries of two incentive programs that help small businesses and has changed criteria to favor businesses that bring the biggest benefit to the City and surrounding neighborhoods. Olde Towne Tavern, which fronts both Pike Street and Seventh Street, redecorated its facades with the help of the City of Covington’s Small Business Program (provided photo). The Covington...

Covington Commission hears first reading of $97M budget; Gateway Stage I plan may be in limbo

By Ryan Clark NKyTribune reporter Covington Commissioners heard the first reading of the city’s upcoming budget at their regularly scheduled legislative meeting Tuesday night. The $97,295,979 budget — with nearly $53 million in the general fund — came with multiple amendments. First, the commission had to take into account and approve a budget for their newly-created Covington Motor Vehicle...

Rebuild of Mt. Zion, Richwood interchanges among $200 million road projects coming to Boone County

By Kevin Eilgelbach NKyTribune reporter Look out, Boone County. More than $200 million in transportation projects is coming your way over the next few years. With any luck, at least one of them will help fix a congested intersection near you. Artist’s conception of a view of the reconfigured Mount Zion Road interchange with Interstate 75 (Click to enlarge). It’s the most major highway projects...

McDaniel to serve as co-chair of legislative task force to look at improving tax reform in Kentucky

Northern Kentucky’s Chris McDaniel will serve as co-chair of a task force to review, examine and analyze Kentucky’s tax expenditures during the 2018 legislative interim session. The group will have its first meeting Thursday, June 28, at 3 p.m. in room 154 of the Capitol Annex. The Tax Expenditures Task Force will take a comprehensive look at improving and expanding tax reform, including closing...

Secretary of State Grimes to send postcard to no-show registered voters asking for address check

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today FRANKFORT — Registered voters who haven’t cast a ballot in recent elections may be receiving a postcard from the Secretary of State’s office soon. To ensure accurate records, Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes announced Friday that the State Board of Elections sent an address verification mailing to voters who may have moved. Postcards were mailed to the addresses...