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Business leaders, including banker Terry Forcht, send letter urging reforms to state’s pension system

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today A group of Kentucky business leaders, including banker Terry Forcht, have sent a joint letter to lawmakers calling for structural reforms to the state’s pension system. 

“There has been no shortage of illustrations demonstrating the severity of Kentucky’s pension crisis,” the business leaders wrote. “By many metrics, the state’s pension system is the worst...

AG Beshear files civil lawsuit against a ‘rogue drug treatment clinic’ for distributing addictive drug

Attorney General Andy Beshear filed a civil lawsuit in Breathitt Circuit Court against an alleged rogue drug treatment clinic for Medicaid fraud, harmful business practices and illegal distribution of an addictive drug.  The lawsuit names and alleges that four owners of The Recovery Center, with locations in Frankfort, Hazard, Jackson, Mount Sterling, London, Paintsville and Richmond, illegally...

New two-year budget ends short shutdown and includes tax-relief for Berea College

The Rural Blog President Trump signed a two-year budget package today, ending the second government shutdown of 2018, albeit a short one of about eight hours. Congress passed the measure after a delay forced by Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky, who protested that it was fiscally irresponsible. “When Republicans are in power, it seems there is no conservative party,” Paul said during the debate....

Legislative wrap-up for the week: Taking aim at opioids, drug-prevention steps, bills that move on . . .

It has been a reoccurring theme in recent years. In each legislative session, lawmakers take aim at the latest challenges posed by the state’s opioid epidemic. The ever-evolving nature of this crisis means that every time lawmakers meet there are emerging issues to consider as our state puts new laws on the books to keep drugs off the streets, support a strained criminal justice system, provide treatment...

Cold weather equals higher electric bills, customers should consider payment plans or assistance

Prolonged and severe cold in December and January has led to sharply higher electric bills for customers across Kentucky, the Kentucky Public Service Commission (PSC) says. Schmitt For many customers – particularly those who heat entirely or primarily with electricity – bills received from late December through January have been much larger than those for the previous billing period. That is...

KY Public Advocate seeks support for Gov. Bevin’s funding proposal from House subcommittee

Public Advocate Damon Preston appeared before the House Budget Review Subcommittee on Justice, Public Safety, and the Judiciary Tuesday, to explain the needs of Kentucky public defenders in the next biennium. Preston He asked that the subcommittee accept and endorse the additional Department of Public Advocacy (DPA) funding in Gov. Matt Bevin’s proposed budget. Preston began his presentation by thanking...

Covington City Commission: Social media policy, Covington West 7th, Riverfront Commons and more

By Ryan Clark NKyTribune reporter Residents, you’re going to have to silence those tweets and posts. At least, you will if the city of Covington approves its new Social Media Policy, which was presented to commissioners at their caucus meeting Tuesday night. “After reviewing our current social media usage, city staff determined it is in the city’s best interest to utilize social media as another...

Boone County Republican Party releases statement critical of Rep. Wuchner’s withdraw at filing deadline

Over the last several days, the leadership of the Boone County Republican Party has received many calls, text messages, and emails regarding the withdrawal of State Representative Addia Wuchner from the race for the 66th District House seat. Regarding this situation, the Executive Committee of the BCRP makes the following statement: “Transparency is a basic expectation of our elected officials, regardless...

Carter Beck may just be 5-years-old, but he’s a big citizen in Ft. Mitchell where he has ideas on safety

By Vicki Prichard NKyTribune reporter Next fall, five-year-old Carter Beck will attend Beechwood Elementary, and when he does he wants to make sure that he and his classmates are walking along a safe road to school. “I’m going to Beechwood next year, so I came up with an idea: Can we make a tunnel?” says Carter. Carter’s parents, Acena and Aaron Beck, say that the subject of street safety...

House lawmakers make revamp of state’s adoption, foster care system a priority, to speed placements

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today House lawmakers have made a measure that would revamp the state’s adoption and foster care system their top priority for the current legislative session.

 House Majority Caucus Chairman David Meade, R-Stanford, filed House Bill 1 on Tuesday, saying the measure would be a first step in streamlining the actual placement of children into loving homes in a quick and affordable...

Covington seeks Business Recognition Program nominations, entries accepted through March 14

The City of Covington currently seeks nominations for its fourth annual Business Recognition Program through an online form, direct mail or drop-off. Nominations will be accepted until 4 p.m. March 14. The program acknowledges businesses in the community that have contributed to the City’s economic vitality and culminates with several recognition at an award ceremony. Open to the public, the...

House Speaker Osborne says difficult budget, pension plan taking longer than expected but should be done soon

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today House Speaker Pro Tem David Osborne, R-Prospect, said he expects action on a public pension reform plan “soon,” and vowed to get the budget bill to the Senate faster than usual. “The last I checked with our budget director, the last scoring has not yet come back that we requested,” he said. “I hoped it would have been back by now, but I still haven’t seen it.” House...

State Rep. Wuchner withdraws candidacy at 11th hour, denies backroom deal to choose successor

By Mark Hansel NKytribune managing editor In a move that came as a surprise to just about everyone, State Rep. Addia Wuchner, R-Florence, announced her intention not to seek reelection Tuesday, just two hours before the candidate filing deadline. Wuchner At about the same time Wuchner was withdrawing from the race, Boone County School Board member C. Edward “Ed” Massey, filed papers to...

Council of State Governments reports on the top five issues for states in 2018 in nine categories

Policy experts at The Council of State Governments have selected their top issues for states in 2018 in each of these categories: agriculture; education; energy and environment; federal affairs; fiscal and economic development; health; international affairs; transportation; and workforce development. Kentucky’s Robert Stivers, head of the state senate, is the new national chair of CSG whose...

Kentucky native R.D. James of Fulton County named head of U.S. Army Corps of Engineers; UK graduate

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has announced that the U.S. Senate overwhelmingly confirmed R.D. James as Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works (Head of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers). U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) has announced the confirmation of R.D. James as Head of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (provided photo). James is a native of Fulton County...