In a May special session, Kentucky lawmakers gave Gov. Beshear the green light to furlough state workers to help balance the budget. Soon thereafter, Beshear ordered both merit and non-merit employees to take six furlough days this fiscal year to save the state $24 million.
A Frankfort judge is blocking a legislative raid on workers’ compensation funds earmarked for injured Kentucky coal miners. Kentucky lawmakers this year transferred almost $2 million from the Workers’ Compensation Fund for injured coal miners, to the Office of Mine Safety and Licensing.
The track draws large crowds, but NASCAR rebuffed entreaties from its original owners to let the venue host a Sprint Cup Race.
Since 1980, the number of inmates in Kentucky prisons has risen from 3,700 to 20,000. Corrections’ spending has risen from $117 million in 1989 to $500 million last year. Concerned state leaders, anxious to find answers, are seeking assistance from the Pew Center on the States.
A new push is underway to preclude the use of the death penalty for the severely mentally ill in Kentucky, but the legislation appears to have a steep, uphill climb. Similar bills introduced in previous legislative sessions have seen little action.
The Sparta, Kentucky, track will become the 23rd motorsports facility on the 36-race Sprint Cup Series schedule. It’s the first race added to the national tour since 2001.
Not far from the stage, waiting for the political speaking to begin, Ralph Warren of Beaver Dam was decked out in a Stetson hat, black Converse tennis shoes and an AARP T-shirt. He was wearing a Conway sticker but confided that he kind of likes Rand Paul.
Williams is widely believed to be testing the waters for a gubernatorial bid next year against incumbent Democratic Gov. Steve Beshear.
Conway won the coin toss and spoke first. He quickly went on the attack, accusing Republican Rand Paul of back-pedaling and waffling on the issues. Paul fired back, accusing Conway of running away from Democrats in Washington when it’s expedient in Kentucky.
In separate locations in Marshall County Friday night, the two Kentuckians running for U.S. Senate were test-driving their Fancy Farm speeches.