Members of the Consensus Forecasting Group, seven economists who adopt scenarios for the state's General and Road Funds, worried Friday that national uncertainty made it impossible for them to accurately predict what the state could expect in the coming years.
In a radio interview this week, Governor Bevin said fixing the pension system was his first priority. He said he does not consider tax reform and pension reform as a required pair.
Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin is giving some indication he may call a special session this fall only to vote on pension reform, and hold off on tax reform until a later date.
Kentucky Representative Lynn Bechler (R-Marion) told lawmakers at a Friday Committee hearing he wants the state to pass a law prohibiting sanctuary cities in the state and penalizing those that do so anyway.
The Transportation Cabinet's Executive Director of Budget and Fiscal Management testified Thursday that the Road Fund performed better than expected in FY 2017. She warned, however, that expectations should not be the same for FY 2018.
Representative Michael Meredith (R-Oakland) says a lot of lawmakers like to say they're for home rule, but many will have to show it when they meet for this year's special session and next year's budget session. Lawmakers could take up several issues that impact cities, including pension and tax reform.
The Executive Director of the Kentucky Communications Network Authority told members of the Interim Joint Committee on Appropriations and Revenue the KentuckyWired project won't be ready by its 2018 deadline and is way over budget.
Members of the Interim Joint Committee on Local Government were told it's time Kentucky let local governments publish online. State law requires various documents be published in a local newspaper, but the Kentucky League of Cities and other groups testified that the rule is unnecessarily costly when social media and government websites get more traction.
Kentucky Senator Damon Thayer (R-Georgetown) says he believes Republican leadership is ready to tackle the state's pension problems. He believes the best way to fix the pension system is to develop a business-friendly environment that leads to more taxpayers.
Representative Jerry Miller (R-Louisville) talks about his firm support for separation of the County Employees Retirement System (CERS) from the Kentucky Retirement Systems (KRS), what tax reform in Kentucky will need to look like and why he believes expanded gambling may be the ticket to a better financial situation for the state.
A report that was due to be presented to the Public Pension Oversight Board July 31 has been delayed to August. The two lawmakers who co-chair the Board say they're willing to wait.
The Executive Branch Ethics Commission issued a ruling Monday morning telling Attorney General Andy Beshear any investigation of Governor Matt Bevin could be an ethics violation if Beshear decides to run for governor in 2019.
KLC Deputy Executive Director J.D. Chaney told lawmakers on the Interim Joint Committee on Veterans, Military Affairs and Public Protection the removal of local officials from the 911 Services Board was an insult.
The Kentucky Retirement Systems Board of Trustees voted for new assumption rates for both CERS plans but did not phase-in the changes as requested. The new rates will have a major impact on cities.
Debate continues in Washington, DC, over a new budget. President Trump has proposed several cuts, including Community Development Block Grants. Two Kentucky mayors say those grants are, many times, the only way smaller cities can compete.
Representative Brian Linder says interest groups and stakeholders involved in the state's current pension debate may have to accept the end result may not make everyone happy; but, he says he hopes the final outcome is one everyone can live with.
Two meetings in July will put the state's pension crisis back in the spotlight. The meetings follow recent testimony to the Public Pension Oversight Board about the need to separate the County Employees Retirement System from the Kentucky Retirement Systems.
Owensboro Mayor Tom Watson and Sadieville Mayor Claude Christensen recently spoke to the Interim Joint Committee on Local Government about the state's tax laws. Tax reform is expected to be on the agenda if the governor calls a special session later this year.
Kentucky Labor Secretary Derrick Ramsey told lawmakers Wednesday there are 150,000 jobs in the state that can't be filled. He believes a statewide apprentice program could be the answer.
Representative Steven Rudy, who chairs the House Appropriations and Revenue Committee, spoke to the Kentucky League of Cities about tax and pension reform. The Paducah Republican warns fixing the state's pension system can't wait.
The Kentucky League of Cities Board of Directors met in Georgetown Thursday afternoon to vote on issues to be included in the 2018 Legislative Agenda.
The Board voted Thursday, at the summer meeting, to name 14 lawmakers as "Friend of Kentucky Cities." The board selected the winners based on their advocacy for local rule and KLC Legislative Priorities.
Discussions resumed Tuesday about setting assumption rates for three plans managed by the Kentucky Retirement Systems, including the County Employees Retirement System. The KRS Investment Committee talked about what it will recommend when the Board of Trustees meets in July.
Kentucky Senator Chris McDaniel sat down with KLC to talk about pension and tax reform and what he would like to see in a special session this fall.
Two years after construction began on the KentuckyWired project, plan administrators say it's still a work in progress.
KLC sat down with Kentucky Senator Joe Bowen to talk about CERS separation, the crisis with KERS & SPRS funding, and what the state will have to consider to fix it.
Members of the Kentucky League of Cities Federal Relations Committee flew into Washington, D.C., in May to meet with all of Kentucky's Members of Congress and their key staff. The group focused on several legislative priorities including key discretionary programs, preservation of the income tax exemption on municipal bonds, increased infrastructure investment and preservation of local control.
The governor joined the senate president and secretary of the Cabinet for Economic Development on Friday to announce the state has already seen $5.8 billion in business investment in Kentucky. They attribute the state's new right-to-work law and question a lawsuit, filed Thursday, that aims to stop it.
A group presented to the Public Pension Oversight Board Monday the results of its study, ordered by Governor Bevin, that looked into how the state's pension system got into a multibillion-dollar funding shortfall.
Governor Bevin issued an executive order Wednesday that replaced the local officials who served on the Kentucky 911 Services Board with four state officials and a private citizen appointee. Those five held a special meeting Thursday that lasted only minutes.
With the 2017 legislative session now in the books, we took time to look through the 190 bills passed by the legislature to compile a list of those that impact Kentucky's cities the most.
A group of leaders from the Republic of Kenya is in Frankfort hoping to learn how Kentucky successfully manages so many levels of government, including hundreds of cities. Deputy Executive Director J.D. Chaney told them, it's all about local decision-making.
Governor Bevin announced Wednesday Braidy Industries will build an aluminum mill in Greenup County that will employee 550 people.
Members of the board heard from the Kentucky League of Cities, and others supporting separation of CERS from KRS, during testimony Monday afternoon.
The Kentucky Retirement Systems Board of Trustees met Thursday morning to discuss ongoing concerns about funding, and a possible special session later this year.
The Kentucky League of Cities Governmental Affairs branch joined other city and county leaders Monday morning to talk about the future of SB 226 with Senator Joe Bowen.