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House Concurrent Resolution 97, sponsored by Rep. Larry Clark, D-Louisville, and Rep. Rick Nelson, D-Middlesboro, would direct the Legislative Research Commission to establish a Kentucky Workforce Development Task Force to study workforce issues and submit a final report by Dec. 2016 that includes proposed changes and recommended legislation for workforce development.
Last year, over $1 billion in state and federal funds were provided to train, educate and support Kentucky's workforce, according to the resolution.
Kentucky is headed the wrong way, down a dangerous road.
The prevailing sentiment in Frankfort these days is that we can somehow take a shortcut to prosperity. That by cutting education, reducing workers' wages and protections and eliminating access to health care for people who work for a living, we can best move Kentucky forward.
Such thinking is a fiction...
State Auditor Mike Harmon released his audit of the Ballard Fiscal Court through 2014. The Auditor's report found problems with the Health Reimbursement accounts. Among the findings were that employees were overpaid and prescriptions were reimbursed more than once. Reimbursements were made for gum, transmission fluid, over the counter medicines and massages without a doctor's prescription. The Auditor found that reimbursements were made for services "not yet received or expenses not yet incurred"
FRANKFORT--A bill that would allow government and private entities to enter into public-private partnerships to fund the Commonwealth's needs has cleared the Kentucky House.
Norma Pruitt, Director of KYGROO announced that a team from National Geographic will visit Columbus Belmont Park on Thursday, February 25th at 10:00 for a meeting to discuss tourism opportunities along the Mississippi River.
A Louisville social activist has started what she calls "a grassroots effort...to tell Gov. Matt Bevin and our legislators that Kentucky women will not be stripped of their progress and forced back into 1950."
Honi Marleen Goldman has dispatched an email seeking signatures statewide for a full page ad in the Louisville Courier-Journal calling out the governor "and his cohort of misogynist legislators, mostly male,"...
...on this morning I witnessed a new chapter forming in the ranks of Kentucky political history.
What I saw was out of the 38 Democrats at this meeting, 14 of them were young people between 20 and 35. That's 37 % of the people in the room...
...Republican Governor Matt Bevin now sits in the first floor office formerly occupied by Democrat Governor Steve Beshear. The new Governor has promised to shrink state government. Shrinking government means that there will be fewer state employees - many of whom are merit system employees. To do it, he will have to thread the needle last successfully threaded by Democratic Governor John Y. Brown. Brown did it by reorganizing state government. In a nutshell, when the agency goes, so do the employees that work for it, merit and non-merit.
Bevin has yet to follow Brown's lead. Instead, he is shrinking the state budget and forcing administrators to reduce staffing...
Rep. Steven Rudy attended the Kentucky Proud Breakfast in Frankfort on February 9th and got his picture taken with Commissioner of Agriculture Ryan Quarles.
(Paducah, Ky.) - West Kentucky Community and Technical College has lost a significant amount of state funding over the last several years, and business leaders are stepping up to let legislators know they agree with Gov. Matt Bevin that Kentucky can do better. Several local business leaders are serving as Business Champions as part of the Kentucky Community and Technical College System's (KCTCS) Fuel the Force campaign, which is asking for restoration of postsecondary education funding.
The PTHS Academic Team was district runner-up in District Governors Cup Competition held on January 20, 2016 at Paducah Tilghman High School.
The Quick Recall team, which included starters Meg Hancock, Reese Butler, John Holtgrewe and Jose Roberto dos Remedios was second. The Future Problem Solving team of Skylar Bundy, Madison Mercer, Taylor Willis and Grace Raber was second...
Graves County High School senior Kiersten Baker was presented an award for a drawing she entered in the Yeiser Art Center's annual regional "Teen Spirit Exhibit."
The Paducah Middle School speech team took second place overall at the Kentucky High School Speech League regional competition at Murray High School on Saturday, February 6.
Photo: Front Row from left: Quinn Atnip, Hadley Pierce, Catherine Holm, Ella Wainscott, Gabby Copeland, Paige Kight, Zyla Dortch. Second Row: Walker McNeill, Grace Bakehouse, Erin Kelly, Emily Krall, Sam Kirchhoff, Kate Criner, Dylan Nevels, Karlie Hack, Nicole Miller, Lois Akpabio. Back Row: Brandon Reichard, Nick Tooley, Vic Tyler, Liberty Guyette, Travis Trimble
For Kentucky school systems, it is not all about testing. It's just a lot about testing.
It's also a lot about college and career preparation and student achievement. Hickman County Schools, a tiny district hundreds of miles from the Capital City is doing something right in all those categories.
On February 4, 2016, Commissioner of Education Stephen Pruitt came down from the Capitol Plaza Tower in Frankfort to see for himself what has propelled a once was at risk system into a system of achievement all within a few years...
Psychology, sociology, history, political science, economics and philosophy -- some maintain that these and other "liberal arts" majors result in less-than-ideal job prospects.
Indeed, recently one presidential candidate called for "more welders, less philosophers" while a well-known venture capitalist quipped that English graduates, "end up working in a shoe store." Sadly, this sentiment seems to be growing right here in Kentucky.
And yet the liberal-arts majors listed above represent the undergraduate courses of study, respectively, of Jamie Dimon, CEO of JP Morgan Chase; Ronald Reagan, 40th president of the United States; Samuel Palmisano, former CEO of IBM; Condoleeza Rice, former secretary of state; John Watson, CEO of Chevron, and Carl Icahn, billionaire Wall Street mogul.
And let's not forget J.K. Rowling of Harry Potter fame. She completed a bachelor's in French and classics..
Governor Bevin is sending a clear and powerful message to the citizens of Kentucky.
His budget for 2016-2018 is a war on higher learning.
The main gallery in Paducah School of Art and Design (PSAD)'s new 2D and Graphic Design Building has been named in Bill Ford's honor.
When Ron Leach shaved off his beard a month or so ago, his daughter asked him why. Hearing that he was going to run for office again after his defeat by Congressman Brett Guthrie in 2013, Leach's daughter said "Don't do it Dad. It's a trap."
It's a trap that combat veteran Leach is charging into...
...More often than not, one of the first issues farmers in Western Kentucky bring up is the uncertainty surrounding tax deductions for farm equipment. Owners of other types of small businesses throughout Kentucky have also raised the same concerns.
As a former small business owner, I understand and share their concerns. Last fall, I introduced the Full Expensing Act...
Federal Judge David J. Hale issued an order dated February 3, 2016 striking down Hardin County's right to work county ordinance. The District Judge said that only states may opt out of the 1935 National Labor Relations Act (NLRA).
Hickman County High School students met with elected officials on Thursday. Students met first with District Judge Hunter Whitesell and court personnel then it was on to the executive and legislative branches.
First Row: Jason Batts, Taylor Ramage, Nathan Hartsell, Hunter Leblanc, Jacob Stahr, Nathan Howell, Judge Whitesell
Second Row: Carley Byassee, Averee Jewell, Madelyne Reynolds, Cassidy Luker, Alyssa Moore, Tristin Boaz, Emily Pickard
Third Row: Melanie Dowdy, Cinda Yates, Chase Boaz, Ally Samuel, Chelsea Johnson, Anna Ferguson, Caylee Barnett, Lauren Cox
On January 6, 2016, I asked several questions regarding Amazon's intentions of opening a chain of brick & mortar books stores. (See Amazon enters the bricks and mortar market )
On February 3, 2016, I got my answers.
This week, the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal are both discussing Amazon's move into a new book selling platform. Sources close to the operations of the Settle based brick & mortar Amazon bookstore are indicating that the retail giant is planning a national super strategy of 300 to 400 Amazon book stores to be opened in 2016.
Since 2009, Emerge Kentucky has recruited and trained 140 Democratic women across the Commonwealth with the mission of increasing the number of women in elected office at all levels of government. There will be twenty Emerge candidates on the ballot this spring and fall.
(FRANKFORT, Ky.) - At its meeting in Frankfort today, the Kentucky Board of Education presented the annual Dr. Samuel Robinson Award to co-winners - Playhouse in the Park/Murray Calloway County Community Theater and the Partnership Institute for Math and Science Education Reform (PIMSER) at the University of Kentucky.
The question of who will control the Kentucky House of Representative is burning up phone, text and email wires around the Capital City. Western Kentucky has a role to play in the outcome.
Who is running against who in western Kentucky?
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