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  • General Assembly must protect state retirees’ pensions

    One of the most important responsibilities of the State Treasurer is to be a watchdog for money earned by Kentuckians. That includes protecting Kentucky retirees’ pensions.

    I was proud to support Senate Bill 3 that passed the General Assembly and was signed into law by Governor Bevin earlier this year. That bill shines a light on legislator pensions by allowing the people of Kentucky to see how their tax dollars are being paid to retired legislators. This is critical information; Kentucky has one of the worst overall pension liabilities in the country.

  • Small businesses represent more than 96 percent of Kentucky businesses

    FRANKFORT – Did you know that two-thirds of new jobs in the U.S. each year are created by small businesses, with over half of Americans either owning or working for one of these small (but mighty) companies? It’s true, according to the U.S. Small Business Administration, which helps small businesses be competitive both here in the U.S. and across the globe.

  • Rare bipartisan progress

    The State Journal

    It was announced Monday that the state passed an important milepost in the effort to test the thousands-long backlog of rape kits.

    Part of the “SAFE Act” passed last year required all members of the Kentucky Law Enforcement Foundation, which includes most of the state’s police agencies, to ratify a sexual response policy by Jan. 1. There is still a ways to go before the backlog can be cleared, but Monday’s news represents progress.

  • Top 10 facts offer current view of education for state students

    Since we became a state in 1792, Kentucky has been committed to education. It is that commitment that led to key education decisions in the Civil Rights movement, the passage of the landmark 1990 Kentucky Education Reform Act (KERA) and the 19-year-old Kentucky Postsecondary Education Improvement Act.

  • Under eating will slow your fat loss process

    When you begin a fat loss transformation it can definitely be tempting to under eat and do excessive amounts of cardio to get a “head start” whilst you’re feeling highly motivated.

    Understanding all of those things and the reasons for doing it, however, it will potentially slow down your fat loss and have a negative impact on your overall body composition eventually.

    This is why...

  • Kentucky became 27th Right-to-Work state

    It was an exciting first week back in Frankfort. On Tuesday, Jan. 3, we officially began the 2017 Session of the Kentucky General Assembly and we hit the ground running. Speaker-elect Jeff Hoover was officially sworn in and became Speaker Hoover and we welcomed the new House majority. Two new members were also sworn into the Senate.

  • Legislators on Tobacco Settlement committee meets to discuss projects

    With the Kentucky General Assembly set to reconvene in regular session on Tuesday, Feb. 7, work continues in Frankfort on an important committee that meets monthly to consider investments in the health and agricultural wealth of the Commonwealth.

  • Legislators discuss funding for rural, urban areas

    It was just a few weeks ago that we learned the 2017 legislative agenda for our cities in Kentucky from the Kentucky League of Cities. At the top of the list? A proposed change in how local road aid is distributed between rural and urban areas.

  • Drug-addicted babies should be concern for Kentucky lawmakers

    The Winchester Sun

    According to a research letter in the JAMA Pediatrics journal, and as reported by the Courier-Journal over the weekend, babies in Kentucky are more than twice as likely to be born addicted to drugs compared to babies born elsewhere in the United States.

    The letter reports figures from 2013, the last year for which comparative figures are available, showing there were about 15 cases of addiction per 1,000 live births compared to the national rate of 7.3.

  • Letting the light shine on legislator pensions

    The State Journal

    Among the blizzard of the bills that appear set to pass during this session of the General Assembly, most have been long-sought Republican initiatives previously blocked by Democrats.

    One bill that hadn’t seen the light of day until now would make legislators’ public pensions public record — and support seems decidedly bipartisan so far. Senate Bill 3, filed yet again by Sen. Chris McDaniel, R-Latonia, passed unanimously out of committee on its way to the full Senate.

    Add us to the list of supporters.