Williams questions why the governor is so confident more managed care programs will save taxpayer dollars.
Kentucky’s Medicaid budget included $238 million in federal matching funds, but the state received only $138 million.
In the most closely watched race, Republican Andy Barr wants a recheck of the vote totals in the 6th Congressional District. Democratic Congressman Ben Chandler declared victory on election night, but the margin of victory was only 649 votes.
Republican John Kemper of Lexington is running for State Auditor. Kemper made an unsuccessful bid for Congress this year, but says he does not aspire to be a career politician.
Kentucky’s largest state contract with Passport is the subject of a scathing state audit that points to lavish spending on consultants, travel, and meals, and a large cash reserve. But the audit reveals no criminal wrongdoing.
Luallen says auditors found that as Passport Health Plan’s excess revenues grew, so did questionable spending on travel, gifts, lobbying and salaries.
Bill Johnson of Todd County is the first candidate to file his paperwork at the State Capitol. Johnson is running as a Republican for Secretary of State.
Kentucky Secretary of State Trey Grayson is now in possession of vote totals in the 6th District U.S. House race, as certified by local county clerks, but the numbers still must go before the State Board of Elections.
Vote totals in Kentucky’s 6th District U.S. House race will be rechecked for accuracy next week. The recanvass is being sought by the man who appears to have lost his first bid for public office.
State Budget Director Mary Lassiter says if revenue growth continues on its current course, the state could end the fiscal year with a budget surplus of $58 million. But Senate budget chief Bob Leeper says Lassiter’s report is preliminary and contains many warnings.