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  • Retirement of state workers up 37 percent from previous year

    The number of Kentuckians who will retire from state and local government in September is up 37 percent from one year earlier, according to data released Wednesday by the Kentucky Retirement Systems.

    Overall, 746 state and local government employees will retire this month. The average number of September retirements over the previous four years was 542. Retirements from public service also were up noticeably during August.

  • Flat license plates will be available in ‘19

    Kentuckians would be able to order flat license plates online as soon as early 2019 under a proposed overhaul of the state’s licensing system.

    John-Mark Hack, commissioner of the state Transportation Cabinet’s Department of Vehicle Regulation, told a legislative panel Tuesday that Kentucky could save $320,000 a year if it modernizes its license plate production and distribution system.

    Instead of the current embossed plates with raised lettering, the new plates would be smooth and have the capacity to accommodate more letters and numbers on them.

  • Rep. Tipton announces he’ll seek re-election to Kentucky Legislature

     

    Representative James Allen Tipton announced last week that he will run for re-election to the Kentucky State House of Representatives.

  • AG Beshear issues scam alert on Equifax

    Attorney General Andy Beshear issued a Scam Alert Monday to help make Kentuckians aware of the Equifax data breach, and provided tips on how to avoid becoming a victim of identity theft.

    Equifax, one of the nation’s three major credit-reporting agencies, recently announced a major data breach that could affect about 143 million American customers.

  • Local relief convoy aids Harvey victims

     

    Houston and parts of southwest Texas continue to dry out and rebuild following historic flooding brought on by Hurricane Harvey late last month. But a flood of local goodwill delivered by some Spencer Countians will make the job easier.

  • School board hikes tax

    When the Spencer County Board of Education approved a tax hike last year, they said they were approaching a line they would not cross, with Superintendent Chuck Adams suggesting that 65 cents per $100 was the limit. Last Thursday night, the board voted in a tax increase that slightly crossed that line at 65.2 cents.

    It was a decision that sparked anger from one board member, suggesting that elected officials in Frankfort have forced local districts into raising taxes.

  • Pension crisis spurs local discussion

    The pension crisis in Frankfort will impact more than just teachers and state employees. Local government employees are also enrolled in state retirement programs that are subject to potential major changes as state legislators look to salvage a system that is critically underfunded.

  • Pension special session may be delayed until Nov.

    A raft of controversial consultant recommendations delivered last Monday moved Kentucky’s pension reform debate from the policy phase to the political phase. It also appears to have pushed back the anticipated start of a special legislative session many lawmakers were expecting would be held in October.

    “I think it is unrealistic at this point to believe we’ll have a special session before All Saints’ Day,” said state Rep. Jerry Miller, R-Louisville, referring to the Christian holy day celebrated on Nov. 1.

  • Bevin unveils “Beautify the Bluegrass” initiative

    Gov. Matt Bevin today launched his new “Beautify the Bluegrass” initiative, calling on Kentuckians to come together to make their hometowns shine.

    “I want to encourage people in every Kentucky community to figure how out they can become the most beautiful community in the Commonwealth,” said Gov. Bevin. “The concept is simple: Identify a problem that needs attention, and then find a way to get involved in repairing, enhancing or beautifying it.”

  • EMS employee disciplined

    Incident could renew debate over time clocks for county employees

    Judge-Executive John Riley said the county may seek reimbursement from an EMS employee who allegedly falsified his time sheet for hours he was not actually on duty.

    The employee, Todd Ulrey, was demoted earlier this month after the fiscal court learned of the time discrepancies. Riley said he had been authorized to fire the employee, but chose instead to demote him and said his time sheets will be monitored closely.