Stan Humphries

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A moment of silence was held Tuesday afternoon in the Kentucky Senate to recognize the loss of life and injuries in the Marshall County School shooting.

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West Kentucky lawmakers offered their thoughts on ‘the big three’ potential agenda items when lawmakers convene in Frankfort for the regular session beginning in January: pension reform, tax reform and the budget. Republican State Senator Stan Humphries and Republican State Representative Kenny Imes spoke at a recent Chamber luncheon in Murray. In addition to the major items they touched on other issues, including the long-awaited expansion of Highway 641 South and funding for higher education.

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Republican State Senator Stan Humphries of west Kentucky said he is open to Governor Matt Bevin’s pension reform bill, but has not yet decided how he will vote on the proposed measure.

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A Kentucky Senate bill that would allow county judge executives to appoint members of library boards has some concerned about the politicization of libraries.

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Kentucky Chamber of Commerce leaders and local state legislators met with Murray Calloway-County Chamber members and city leaders Friday in the newly opened Marriott Hotel to outline goals for the 2017 legislative session.

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Discussions about Kentucky tax reform have circulated around the state capitol for decades but no comprehensive tax measure has passed.

Two state lawmakers say major pension shortfalls could help move the issue along. 

After a call from President Barack Obama to “give America a raise” in last night’s State of the Union address, a new brief from a Kentucky economic think-tank says that a raise in the minimum wage would benefit about 1 in 4 workers and reduce child poverty.

Kentucky lawmakers may consider an amendment to the Kentucky constitution to permit cities to seek a temporary local sales tax, during next year's legislative session.

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Sen. Mitch McConnell and Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes have both confirmed they will speak at this year’s Fancy Farm Picnic in Graves County.

The event will mark the first face-to-face confrontation between the two since Grimes, a Democrat, declared her candidacy for McConnell's seat earlier this month.

John Walker

Lawmakers and citizens met this weekend in Murray State’s Wrather Auditorium to discuss Kentucky’s ongoing pension crises. Cameron Smith of the Alabama Policy Institute gave a presentation explaining Kentucky’s current pension problems while lawmakers answered questions. Smith said it’s important for the state to keep its promises.

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