Gov. Bevin recommended eliminating 70 state government programs in his budget proposal Tuesday. The list sweeps through state government, from programs intended to help pregnant teens and teen parents finish high school to the largest state games program in the country.
Like other governors before him, Matt Bevin wants to balance his state budget using “fund transfers” — shoveling cash meant for one specific purpose into the larger General Fund, where it can be spent on a wider variety of needs.
In his final State of the City speech, Lexington Mayor Jim Gray touted his record of righting the city’s finances, increasing the number of high-paying jobs and adding more police officers to Lexington’s police force.
Gov. Matt Bevin says he will end Kentucky’s expanded Medicaid program that provides health coverage for more than 400,000 low-income people if a court blocks the work requirements, premiums or other changes that he wants to impose later this year.
Legislators have proposed two bills, SB 4 and HB 2, that would change the constitution so Kentuckians vote on the constitutional offices, like governor and attorney general, in presidential election years instead of off-years. Constitutional amendments require approval from the voters.
Despite an unprecedented budget shortfall, Kentucky has agreed to give away $162 million in state money to subsidize more than 200 films, television shows and commercials produced in the commonwealth, approving two-thirds of that money in just the last year, according to data released by the Kentucky Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet.
As the Trump presidency hits the one-year mark, the Republican Party confronts a yawning generational gap that has been exacerbated in recent months by Trump’s incendiary comments on race-related issues and the party’s official support for an accused child molester in Alabama’s Senate race.