“When AEP/Kentucky Power tried to raise utility bills for Eastern Kentucky families by 16 percent, I promised to fight. When others agreed to a lesser increase, I refused. Because of that fight, today, the PSC issued a series of rulings that the PSC claims will not increase, but actually decrease monthly bills by 4 percent. My office will carefully review the rulings to confirm the decrease. While a decrease would be good news, I understand utility bills in the AEP/Kentucky Power region are still unaffordable, and I will continue to fight so that no family must decide between feeding their children or keeping them warm.”
It’s now easier for Kentucky families to apply for child care assistance funds. The Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS) Department for Community Based Services (DCBS) has moved eligibility services for its Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP) into benefind, the public assistance web portal used by customers to apply for other state assistance programs.
Here’s what elected officials and community leaders are saying about the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ (CMS) approval of Kentucky’s Section 1115 Medicaid waiver known as Kentucky HEALTH, announced late last week by Gov. Matt Bevin:
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell: “I applaud CMS and Governor Bevin for recognizing the unaffordable mess left behind by his predecessor and responding with innovative, common-sense steps to engage patients, improve health, and reduce the burden on Kentucky taxpayers. Today’s announcement by CMS is a step toward taking the power out of Washington and sending it back to the state while also ensuring the long term fiscal sustainability of the Medicaid program.”
First Lady Glenna Bevin is excited to launch the 2018 Kentucky Derby Poster Contest online with the help of Kentucky Interactive. High school students throughout the Commonwealth will have the opportunity to create the Governor’s Derby Poster, to be displayed in the State Capitol for years to come.
Mrs. Bevin asks high school students to design the poster with this question in mind: “What does the Kentucky Derby look like to you?”
Kentucky’s seasonally adjusted preliminary December unemployment rate was 4.4 percent, according to the Kentucky Center for Education and Workforce Statistics (KCEWS), an agency of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet. The unemployment rate for December 2017 was down from the revised 4.7 percent reported for November 2017. Continue reading Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet releases December 2017 unemployment report
At today’s Rally for Hunger awareness event held at the state capitol, Attorney General Andy Beshear announced the launch of the 2018 ‘Legal Food Frenzy’ competition.
The competition, now in its second year, is an opportunity for Kentucky’s legal community to come together outside the courtroom to raise funds and food to help feed Kentucky families in need. Registrationis now open for the 2018 campaign, which will run from March 15 – April 2, 2018.
With millions in cuts to education funding, the elimination of 70 programs and more than 6 percent cuts elsewhere in the budget, a broad-based coalition has announced they will lobby lawmakers to clean up tax breaks to raise revenue in the current legislative session. Continue reading Coalition Announces Push for Revenue Raising Tax Reform in Response to Budget Proposal
Putting “safety first,” the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) today presented the 2018 Recommended Highway Plan for the next six years that includes a record $1 billion in funding to repair bridges and pavements in the FY 2018-FY 2020 biennium.
“This is an unprecedented year for the proposed Highway Plan. The balanced Plan identifies projects that we are currently able to fund and offers a list of additional priority projects that should be addressed if additional revenue is available,” said KYTC Secretary Greg Thomas. “Another milestone is that we are investing more than ever in asset management to fulfill our mission of providing a safe and reliable transportation system for Kentuckians. I am pleased with the collaboration between our team and local transportation leaders to craft a dependable plan that will move Kentucky’s infrastructure forward in the next six years.”
Today, 25-members of the Office of the Attorney General’s Survivors Council issued a report outlining recommendations on how Kentucky can improve the Commonwealth’s efforts to better support survivors of violent crimes.
Following a year of advocacy work and empowering other survivors, council members issued the report outlining 57 recommendations to 16 individuals and groups.
Carter Caves State Resort Park will present a weekend of outdoor adventure with its ninth annual Winter Adventure Weekend Jan. 25-28, 2018.
Guests will be able to enjoy hiking, paddling trips, recreational tree climbing, cave tours including wild cave trips, winter survival, rappelling, ice climbing a zip line and other adventures. Continue reading Winter Adventure Weekend at Carter Caves State Resort Park
Attorney General Andy Beshear has taken legal action against the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) for its rollback of net neutrality regulations.
Beshear joins a coalition of state attorneys general in a legal fight to protect families from the harmful actions recently taken by the FCC.
“I’m opposing the repeal of net neutrality because of the destructive nature it will have on every Kentuckian from farmers to college students who use free and open internet to thrive and prosper,” Beshear said. “As a state and as a nation, we cannot turn our backs on the hard working people of this country by letting the federal government walk all over them and take away their level playing field.”
Labor Secretary Derrick Ramsey today announced the appointment of Deborah Williamson as the Acting Deputy Commissioner for the Department of Workplace Standards.
“Deborah Williamson brings an enormous wealth of experience and knowledge to the Department of Workplace Standards,” Labor Secretary Derrick Ramsey said. “Dr. Williamson has already made a huge impact on the Registered Apprenticeship program by authoring the grant application that secured $896,000 in federal funding. As a proven executive leader and educator, Dr. Williamson’s creative vision will help the department achieve its mission of advancing a well-trained workforce, protecting the worker and educating employers in workplace safety.” Continue reading Deborah Williamson Named Acting Deputy Commissioner for the Department of Workplace Standards
Attorney General Andy Beshear said a newly created unit in his office focused solely on investigating and prosecuting sexual assault cold cases will be instrumental in maintaining his ongoing commitment to seek justice for victims of crime.
“Now that a majority of our untested SAFE kits have been tested, this unit can begin working with local and state officials to investigate and prosecute cold cases across Kentucky,” Beshear said. “While we still have a lot of work to do, today’s announcement is a giant step forward in keeping our promise to victims, many who have been waiting years, even decades, for movement or closure on their cases.”
Last month, the Labor Cabinet recouped $121,746.83 in unpaid wages for Kentucky workers.
Unpaid overtime, withheld final paychecks, illegal deductions of pay and lower pay than the legal minimum wage requirement are among the types of wage and hour violations that the Cabinet prosecutes. Other examples include unpaid breaks, time-clock shaving, mandatory tip-pooling and prevailing wage violations.
Gov. Matt Bevin today announced that the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has approved the Commonwealth’s Section 1115 Medicaid waiver known as Kentucky HEALTH. The acronym HEALTH stands for “Helping to Engage and Achieve Long Term Health.” Kentucky’s new program will improve the health of its participants, strengthen Medicaid’s long-term fiscal sustainability, and promote personal responsibility for health and well-being. Kentucky HEALTH introduces innovative delivery system reforms for the treatment of substance abuse, and a first-ever community engagement initiative for Kentucky HEALTH members designed to improve their health and strengthen Kentucky’s workforce.
January 11, 2018. The Kentucky Council of Churches is hosting Prayer in Action Days at the State Capitol each Tuesday during the General Assembly to pray for government officials and act on behalf of Kentucky’s most vulnerable citizens. A kick-off event was held Tuesday, January 9th in the Capitol Rotunda. Subsequent gatherings, listed below, will begin at 9:30 a.m. in the Capitol Annex.
Visitors can literally walk in the footsteps of Martin Luther King Jr., Rosa Parks, Medgar Evers, John Lewis and other African American activists, thanks to the U.S. Civil Rights Trail that launches on King’s birthday.
For the first time, Southern tourism departments have worked together to link the country’s most important civil rights sites – more than 130 landmarks, including museums, churches, courthouses and memorials that were pivotal to the advancement of social equality during the volatile 1950s and 1960s. Continue reading Civil Rights Trail Links 130 Landmarks