A Kentucky Republican lawmaker is attempting to end the pension program for legislators.
State Representative David Floyd says Kentuckys part-time lawmakers shouldn't get pensions. But currently they do, and some lawmakers are able to fatten their pensions by taking higher-paying jobs elsewhere in government, then collecting a pension for the higher salary after they retire.
Kentucky Commissioner of Education Terry Holliday is warning districts to expect low scores in reading and math when the results of new state tests are revealed. In a teacher newsblog post Tuesday, Holliday said scores will be lower in reading and math because the tests are based on benchmarks from new state guidelines adopted for English and mathematics. Holliday says teachers shouldn’t be discouraged by the low scores, but use them as a basis for improvement. He says the science and social studies results should be in line with past scores because that content has remained the same sin
Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear is using his executive authority to implement a regulation allowing only government veterinarians to administer race-day drugs to horses. Thursday’s action comes days after the proposed regulation appeared stymied by objections from state lawmakers. Beshear says it's in the racing industry's interest to let the rule take effect. Republican State Senator Damon Thayer praised the governor’s action. He says it sends the message that Kentucky will be at the forefront of efforts to change perceptions about the use of drugs in horse racing. The regulation woul
A new report shows Kentucky has a more than $23 billion shortfall in what should have been set aside to fund pensions for retired state employees. The Pew Center for the States and the Laura and John Arnold Foundation released the report Thursday. The report says the shortfall is more than twice the amount of all revenue generated from state taxes in the Commonwealth last year. Public Pensions Task Force co-chairs, Republican Senator Damon Thayer and Democratic Representative Mike Cherry, say fixing the problem will require hard choices, good information and thoughtful analysis. The T
Kentucky’s latest unemployment figures show widespread improvement in July. The Office of Employment and Training reports jobless rates fell in 97 counties. Rates increased or were unchanged elsewhere.
A task force looking for ways to cover Kentucky's $19-billion public pension shortfall will explore the idea of borrowing enough money to bridge the gap through the sale of government bonds. The Task Force on Kentucky Public Pensions is expected to review that option at a meeting in September.
A new smart-phone app offered by the Kentucky Historical Society allows tourists access to the history behind roadside markers. The aim is the weave a historical story. Sally Warfield, who’s a Digital Media Specialist with the Kentucky Historical Society, says the new app connects communities by demonstrating their shared history.
The involvement of a state representative in a major coal deal in Kentucky is raising some eyebrows. The $7 billion contract signed yesterday creates a 25-year standing order to ship 9 million tons of Kentucky coal annually to India. Pike County Representative Keith Hall was instrumental in brokering the deal—but he also has several coal-related businesses. He also sits on the board of FJS Energy—the New Jersey-based company that signed the contract. Hall says his involvement in the deal was both as a state lawmaker and a businessman.
Some Tennesseans hope their state will change alcohol sales regulations at grocery stores after a federal court in Kentucky found beer only sales at grocery stores unconstitutional. Tennessee Grocers and Convenience Store Association President Jarron Springer says the current law is outdated, and that Tennessee is missing out on 30 million dollars of annual revenue with the low alcohol content level.