Kentucky State Police to Resume Costly Helicopter Marijuana Eradication Campaign

Thomas H. Clarke | July 1, 2013OWENSBORO, KY — Kentucky State Police helicopters will return to the skies in search of marijuana fields as part of the agency’s annual marijuana eradication campaign.Rising fuel costs and a shrinking eradication budget will force the helicopters out of the air sooner than in years past, and the agency …

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The House Republican budget plan includes a hike in the cigarette tax and a new tax on dosages of opioid drugs…

Plan would raise Kentucky's cigarette tax above $1 per pack to pay for educationTom Loftus, Louisville Courier Journal Published 7:53 p.m. ET Feb. 27, 2018Plan would raise cigarette taxes above $1 per pack to pay for educationFRANKFORT, Ky. — The House Republican budget plan includes a hike in the cigarette tax and a new tax …

(KY) SENATOR DAVID GIVENS’ LEGISLATIVE UPDATE

For Immediate ReleaseFebruary 23, 2018SENATOR DAVID GIVENS’ LEGISLATIVE UPDATEAfter weeks of anticipation and months of discussions and meetings with stakeholders, the Kentucky Senate Majority Caucus filed its comprehensive pension reform bill as Senate Bill (SB) 1 on Tuesday, February 20.  While SB 1 marked the filing of one of the most significant pieces of legislation …

Kentucky prosecutors warn against budget cuts during legislative committee meeting

For Immediate ReleaseSeptember 15, 2017Kentucky prosecutors warn against budget cuts during legislative committee meetingFRANKFORT—Kentucky prosecutors today told state lawmakers that they have little to nothing to cut from their budgets. Governor Matt Bevin requested that most state agencies plan to cut around 17 percent from their current budgets in a letter sent to state officials …

The mainframe computer processing all of Kentucky’s unemployment insurance claims was built a decade before the 1980s-era arcade game Pac-Man.

For Immediate ReleaseJune 8, 2017Legislative panel warns of tight budgets aheadCOVINGTON – The mainframe computer processing all of Kentucky’s unemployment insurance claims was built a decade before the 1980s-era arcade game Pac-Man. “Think about that,” Deputy Secretary for Education and Workforce Development Cabinet Brad Montell said while testifying before the Interim Joint Committee on Appropriations …

Kentucky: SENATE WEEK IN REVIEW

COLUMN SENATE WEEK IN REVIEW Submitted by Senator Reginald Thomas FRANKFORT – The 2016 Regular Session of the Kentucky General Assembly ended just before midnight Friday, April 15 as we pushed through a long week to finalize legislation, including a $21 billion spending plan for the two-year period beginning July 1, 2016. The governor set …

Kentucky Senate approves its version of state budget plan

For Immediate Release March 23, 2016 Senate approves its version of state budget plan FRANKFORT—The Senate passed a state budget proposal on Wednesday that restores many of the governor’s priorities for the next two years, including a “permanent fund” for future pension spending, cuts to secondary education funding and performance-based appropriations for college and universities. …

Louisville judge sends defendant to prison because drug court ‘about to be eliminated’

By Jason Riley Connect LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A Jefferson Circuit Court judge on Wednesday sent a defendant to prison instead of allowing her to get treatment in a local drug court, at least in part, he said, because drug court will soon no longer “be an option” in Kentucky. “It’s about to be eliminated,” …

This Week at the Kentucky State Capitol March 14-18

March 18, 2016 This Week at the State Capitol March 14-18 FRANKFORT—An eventful week at the Capitol saw the arrival – finally – of a full House. Four new state representatives were sworn in on Tuesday, filling vacant seats in the chamber in time for the legislative scramble as the 2016 General Assembly session heads …