Ed Hastie grew up on a farm in Montgomery County and always wanted to live in the country. But he became a lawyer, not a farmer, so in 1978, he and his wife bought a 10-acre lot in southern Fayette County.
A Herald-Leader analysis of state enforcement records found that Kentucky’s largest payday loan chains break the same laws time and again. But as they settle hundreds of violations with state regulators, they keep their store licenses and pay fines toward the bottom of the available range.
Kentucky congressmen often use money from their leadership PACs, which critics say are little more than slush funds, to pay for upscale dining, out-of-state trips, clothing, cigars, alcohol, entertainment and payments to lawmakers’ families.
Though Rand Paul’s PAC already had spent hundreds of thousands of dollars around the country on the sort of “testing the waters” expenses typical of someone running for president — travel, political consultants, staff payroll, catering, media production, printing, donor lists, mass mailings — his spokeswoman now says none of those expenses were for the benefit of Paul’s presidential campaign.
Investigators for the state legislature will examine how Kentucky officials annually waive $36.6 billion in property values under the farmland preservation tax break, a subject uncovered in February by a series of stories in the Herald-Leader.
The state has settled a lawsuit by the Lexington Herald-Leader and The (Louisville) Courier-Journal over access to records on child deaths and injuries, agreeing to pay a $250,000 penalty and attorney fees to the papers.
Legislation aimed at limiting Kentucky’s agricultural preservation tax break to working farms died without a hearing in this year’s legislative session, but discussion of the issue will continue, officials said Thursday morning.
After much debate, a House panel on Thursday approved a bill to require greater transparency from the state’s pension systems — including the one for legislators, which would have to begin posting information online.
Almost a year after the president of Northern Kentucky’s state community college retired amid running tensions with its board of directors, the college’s foundation will begin paying him a $348,000 incentive in July.
After two hours of questions and comments from citizens Thursday night, Fayette County Property Valuation Administrator David O’Neill said he will consider tweaking new policies he’s proposed to regulate who receives a farmland preservation tax break.
An audit of the Kentucky workforce cabinet released this week recommends the state step up oversight of federal workforce training dollars and tighten its accounting practices after finding several problems with the agency’s administration of federal funds.