Greg Stumbo

Afternoon Round-Up 2/20/12

Feb 20, 2012

The Hickman Fulton County Riverport Director Greg Curlin says the Army Corps of Engineers told him earlier this month that $1.9 million dollars in disaster relief money would be used for a one-time dredging at the riverport.

 

 

Kentucky Politics:

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A bill that would allow Kentucky to collect money from Medicaid fraud busts has again been introduced in Frankfort.

House Speaker Greg Stumbo filed the bill, which would also protect and possibly reward whistle blowers who report fraud in Medicaid or any other areas of state government.

Stumbo says the bill is needed to help Kentucky get money that usually ends up in federal coffers.

It s a choice of revenues, state or federal, the states that don t have a state law don t have the option to get any of that forfeiture money or penalty money, Stumbo says.

The House Education Committee is expected to consider a proposal next week to make the private University of Pikeville part of the state's higher education system.  House Speaker Greg Stumbo said Tuesday that the proposal remains alive and well, despite some county-level opposition to a plan to use revenue from the state's coal severance tax to fund it.  Former Governor Paul Patton, now president of the University of Pikeville, proposed turning the private school into a state university as a means to allow more Appalachian residents to go on to college.  State funding could lower tuition, m

Kentucky Speaker of the House Greg Stumbo says he is filing legislation to give whistleblowers strong financial incentive to step forward if state tax dollars are being misused.  Stumbo, a Democrat, said Tuesday the False Claims Act would root out fraud and potentially reduce the state's budget deficit by millions of dollars.  He said it would "extend far beyond Medicaid" to be used "anywhere fraud with state tax dollars is taking place."  The federal government created a false claims act in 1986, and several other states now have similar laws.  Those found guilty would be liable for up to

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