Less than three weeks after he boldly promised Kentucky lawmakers would consider comprehensive tax reform during the 2018 legislative session, House budget committee Chairman Steve Rudy admitted Tuesday he had “failed.”
Rejecting about $500 million in tax increases proposed by House Republicans three weeks ago, Senate Republicans on Tuesday unveiled a stark state budget that would retain many of the cuts originally sought by Gov. Matt Bevin in January.
At least five Eastern Kentucky school districts will close Wednesday as their teachers rally in Frankfort against proposed cuts to pension benefits that have sparked outrage among public employees across the state.
The state agency that regulates most utilities authorized an emergency rate increase of 28 percent for the Martin County Water District, which has made national headlines for its financial and operational shortfalls.
The Kentucky Legislative Research Commission refuses to release documents related to a sexual harassment complaint filed in 2015 against state Rep. Jim Stewart III, who was accused of harassing a legislative staffer in a complaint lodged with the LRC in early 2015, according to a memo obtained by the Herald-Leader.
Senate Bill 66 would offer relief on pensions to hundreds of Kentucky’s city and county governments, school districts, and other local entities enrolled in the County Employees Retirement System. But Senate Republican leaders say they won’t pass the bill unless they also can find enough support to pass their controversial pension systems overhaul.
A scholarship program started last year for technical workforce certificates is expected to expand thanks to a Medicaid waiver that will kick thousands of people off their insurance unless they are in school or working.
Kentucky Senate Republicans opposed to a controversial public pension overhaul bill are being targeted by a national conservative group that says it is “proud” to stand with Gov. Matt Bevin in support of the bill.
Gov. Matt Bevin ignited fresh outrage among Kentucky teachers Wednesday after he delivered a tongue-lashing to them for opposing Republican efforts to cut their retirement benefits, stupefying some of his GOP colleagues who called the remarks “inappropriate.”
State lawmakers rewrote a bill Wednesday that would have given churches and religious organizations the right to ignore civil-rights protections for gays, lesbians, bisexual and transgender people in jobs and housing in Kentucky cities that have passed such laws, including Lexington.
Lexington’s farmland preservation program may be getting its first overhaul since the program was created in 2000 and after years of questions about the program that has spent $79 million to preserve nearly 30,000 acres of Fayette County farmland.
McConnell’s cautious handling of what some fear could become a crisis was no accident; he rarely criticizes the president in public and sees little upside to doing so. Confrontation is not McConnell’s style.
Russia has never officially acknowledged having Novichok, but documents found in the massive leak of State Department cables published by Wikileaks show Great Britain and its allies worried about the deadly nerve agent for years.
The head of Trump-affiliated data-mining firm Cambridge Analytica has been suspended, while government authorities are bearing down on both the firm and Facebook over allegations the firm stole data from 50 million Facebook users to manipulate elections.