Jonathan Meador http://wfpl.org en Beshear Cuts Kentucky Budget to Balance $90.9-Million Shortfall http://wfpl.org/post/beshear-cuts-kentucky-budget-balance-909-million-shortfall <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Gov. Steve </span>Beshear<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;issued a pair of executive orders this week reducing state spending levels to plug a $90.9-million hole in Kentucky's budget.</span></p> Thu, 17 Jul 2014 20:56:09 +0000 Jonathan Meador 9793 at http://wfpl.org Beshear Cuts Kentucky Budget to Balance $90.9-Million Shortfall In Lawsuit Response, Kentucky Pension System Argues Investments Were Legal http://wfpl.org/post/lawsuit-response-kentucky-pension-system-argues-investments-were-legal <p>The troubled Kentucky Retirement Systems pension is firing back at a lawsuit filed by a small Northern Kentucky town over what it alleges are “high risk investments."</p><p>In June, the city of Fort Wright — population 5,700 —filed a lawsuit against KRS over investments into Wall Street hedge funds with public money, seeking $50 million to cover the losses and to divorce its city and county employees from the state system.</p><p><strong><a href="/post/kentucky-city-sues-state-pension-system-over-risky-investments">Earlier: Kentucky City Sues State Pension System</a></strong></p> Wed, 16 Jul 2014 13:50:49 +0000 Jonathan Meador 9775 at http://wfpl.org In Lawsuit Response, Kentucky Pension System Argues Investments Were Legal New Kentucky Laws Go Into Effect Today http://wfpl.org/post/new-kentucky-laws-go-effect-today <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A bevy of new state laws, ranging in subjects from</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;ethics to kutzu,</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;passed this year by the Kentucky General Assembly go into effect Tuesday.</span></p><p>The state constitution stipulates that laws without an “emergency” clause go into effect 90 days after the adjournment of a legislative session. The last day of the 2014 session was April 15.</p> Tue, 15 Jul 2014 20:41:13 +0000 Jonathan Meador 9774 at http://wfpl.org New Kentucky Laws Go Into Effect Today Report: Kentucky Ranks 10th in U.S. For Lowest Rate of Uninsured http://wfpl.org/post/report-kentucky-ranks-10th-us-lowest-rate-uninsured <p>Kentucky’s<a href="/term/kynect"> implementation of the Affordable Care Act</a> has dramatically reduced the number of uninsured people in the state, according to a report release Wednesday.</p><p>The report by the<a href="http://wallethub.com/edu/rates-of-uninsured-by-state-before-after-obamacare/4800/">&nbsp;consumer advice website WalletHub </a>said Kentucky now ranks 10th in the U.S. for the lowest rate of uninsured people—just under nine percent of the population. That number was over 17 percent before the ACA became law, reflecting an 8 percent drop in the rate in a year.</p> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 12:31:00 +0000 Jonathan Meador 9741 at http://wfpl.org Report: Kentucky Ranks 10th in U.S. For Lowest Rate of Uninsured How the 'Fiscal Cliff' Helped Lead to Kentucky's $91-Million Budget Shortfall http://wfpl.org/post/how-fiscal-cliff-helped-lead-kentuckys-91-million-budget-shortfall <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>A driving factor in&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">Kentucky's $91-million budget shortfall</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;is a decline in a form of income primarily used by the nation’s wealthiest individuals.</span></p><p>In 2012, the U.S. Congress was preparing to take the country over the<a href="/term/fiscal-cliff"> “fiscal cliff”</a> because of rising debt, rising healthcare costs and spending on the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.</p> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 10:44:47 +0000 Jonathan Meador 9747 at http://wfpl.org How the 'Fiscal Cliff' Helped Lead to Kentucky's $91-Million Budget Shortfall Koch-Tied Group's Arrival Points to Increased Interest In Kentucky State-Level Races http://wfpl.org/post/koch-tied-groups-arrival-points-increased-interest-kentucky-state-level-races <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">FRANKFORT—The well-funded non-profit Americans for Prosperity's hiring of a Kentucky state director signals to many political observers outside donors'&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">intense interest&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">in this fall's state House races and beyond.</span></p><p>In a news &nbsp;release on Tuesday, Americans for Prosperity announced that Julia Crigler, a former political director for the Kentucky House Republican Caucus, would lead its efforts in Kentucky.</p> Wed, 09 Jul 2014 17:31:47 +0000 Jonathan Meador 9730 at http://wfpl.org Koch-Tied Group's Arrival Points to Increased Interest In Kentucky State-Level Races Beshear Announces $1.3 Million For Eastern Kentucky Revitalization http://wfpl.org/post/beshear-announces-13-million-eastern-kentucky-revitalization <p>Gov. Steve Beshear&nbsp;on Monday announced $1.3 million in grants for an initiative &nbsp;to create jobs in the depressed coal regions of Eastern Kentucky.</p> Mon, 07 Jul 2014 19:22:22 +0000 Jonathan Meador 9719 at http://wfpl.org Beshear Announces $1.3 Million For Eastern Kentucky Revitalization Immigration Reform Would Help Kentucky, Report Says http://wfpl.org/post/immigration-reform-would-help-kentucky-report-says <p>Kentucky’s economy would benefit from comprehensive immigration reform, according to a report on immigration's impact on the state.</p><p>The Kentucky Center for Economic Policy last week released its report on "New Americans in Kentucky."</p><p>Kentucky’s immigrant population grew faster than all but six states from 2000 to 2012, the report said.&nbsp;</p> Sun, 06 Jul 2014 11:46:58 +0000 Jonathan Meador 9715 at http://wfpl.org Immigration Reform Would Help Kentucky, Report Says Kentucky Lawmakers Attack Climate Change Science In Discussion on Carbon Regulations http://wfpl.org/post/kentucky-lawmakers-attack-climate-change-science-discussion-carbon-regulations <p>FRANKFORT — State lawmakers' discussion Thursday of the effect of <a href="/post/epa-unveils-new-proposal-targeting-greenhouse-gases">new EPA carbon emission regulations on Kentucky </a>focused more on<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;political attacks than hard science.</span></p> Fri, 04 Jul 2014 19:00:00 +0000 Jonathan Meador 9710 at http://wfpl.org Kentucky Lawmakers Attack Climate Change Science In Discussion on Carbon Regulations Federal Highway Trust Fund Insolvency Threatens $185 Million in Kentucky Projects http://wfpl.org/post/federal-highway-trust-fund-insolvency-threatens-185-million-kentucky-projects <p>FRANKFORT—&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">Congressional inaction threatening the solvency of the Federal Highway Trust Fund may cost Kentucky $185 million for projects, drastically changing how the state pays for road construction, </span>Gov<span style="line-height: 1.5;">. Steve </span>Beshear<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> said Wednesday.</span></p> Wed, 02 Jul 2014 20:20:46 +0000 Jonathan Meador 9693 at http://wfpl.org Federal Highway Trust Fund Insolvency Threatens $185 Million in Kentucky Projects