January 18, 2018 -- French philosopher Charles-Louis de Secondat, Baron de La Brède and de Montesquieu, was a highly influential political thinker during the Age of Enlightenment.

Cincinnati Enquirer

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.

Health issues to be debated in the General Assembly

16 hours ago
Lexington Herald Leader

When lawmakers convene in Frankfort for the 2018 General Assembly session, their debates will be dominated by pension reform and a new state budget.

But the commonwealth also faces a range of important health issues that could come up during the 60-day legislative session that started Jan. 2.

How does the state continue to battle the epidemic of drug addiction? Should marijuana use be legalized and tobacco use be restricted? And can officials find the money to support children in foster care as well as those who depend on Medicaid?

$1 Cigarette Tax Increase: Killing Two Birds with One Stone?

16 hours ago
Public News Service

Could increasing the cigarette tax by $1 save lives and improve Kentucky's budget woes? That's what the majority of Kentucky voters say in a new poll from Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky.

When learning about the specific revenue and health benefits of a $1 per-pack increase in the cigarette tax, 7-in-10 voters polled said they were in favor. Tonya Chang, senior director of government relations at the American Heart Association in Kentucky, said the increase will lower smoking rates, especially among pregnant woman and youth smokers who are most susceptible to tax increases.

Poll shows voters disagree with Medicaid work rules

17 hours ago
Public News Service

Kentucky will be phasing in a rule saying people who get Medicaid have to work if they can - but a new national poll suggests voters could see that as part of a very unpopular pattern.

A new national poll finds three-quarters of voters agree - and half agree strongly - that Republicans are waging a "war on health care."

Fleming County Clerk

Fleming County Clerk Jarrod Fritz is celebrating 10 years as an elected official and bringing in $1 million in excess fees.

Fritz was elected to office in 2006 and officially began working in 2007.

“I was in banking before this,” said Fritz. ”I had a growing interest in the county government and I was already interested in the history of the area and the historical documents they had.”

The Director of the Kentucky Folk Arts Center in Morehead was not surprised to hear his facility was on Governor Matt Bevin’s chopping block.

The Governor announced cuts to 70 different programs and facilities across the state during his State of the Commonwealth speech Tuesday night in Frankfort. 

KFAC director Matt Collinsworth says being a separate line item in the Morehead State University Budget made the facility more vulnerable.

Kentucky Department of Transportation

Below zero temperatures didn’t keep District 9 snow plow crews from their appointed rounds overnight.

Crews in Bath, Boyd, Carter, Elliott, Fleming, Greenup, Lewis, Mason, Nicholas and Rowan counties pushed as much snow as they could off back roads, cleaned up Priority A route medians and shoulders, replaced plow blades and did other maintenance work.

Gov. Matt Bevin unveiled a two-year budget proposal Tuesday night that delivers smaller-than-anticipated cuts to most state agencies while eliminating dozens of government programs in order to fully fund contributions to all state retirement systems.


On Tues., Jan. 16, Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin delivered his 2018 State of the Commonwealth and Budget Address to the General Assembly and fellow Kentuckians, outlining his plan to continue getting the state’s financial house in order.


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