Kentucky

Gap Grows Between Well-Off and Troubled State Public Pension Plans

The findings from The Pew Charitable Trusts come as the U.S. enters a record phase of economic expansion.

America’s First Greenbelt May Be in Jeopardy

Adopted in the 1950s to protect the city’s iconic horse farms, the urban growth boundary of Lexington, Kentucky, no longer seems unassailable.

Kentucky’s $1.5 Billion Information Highway to Nowhere

Gov. Matt Bevin has offered no solution to the boondoggle he inherited, a plan to bring high-speed internet to Kentucky’s remote corners.

Federal Judge Rejects Medicaid Work Requirements in Two States

About 18,000 people lost coverage in Arkansas after the state began requiring some recipients to work 80 hours a month.

Opponents of Medicaid Work Requirements Urge Judge to Stop State Plans

But the Trump administration, along with state officials, argued that requiring some recipients to work will strengthen the overall health insurance program.

Former Coal Mining Towns Turn to Tourism

Coal mining built Kentucky’s Tri-Cities. Can tourism save them?

Farmers Hope for Hemp Riches Despite Risks

States looking to ramp up hemp production now that it is legal are looking at Kentucky, where a pilot program has allowed hemp farming for five years.

Republican Governors Want Trade War With China Over Quickly

An outcome to negotiations that lowers or ends Chinese tariffs could be critical to President Trump’s reelection hopes, Arkansas’ governor predicted.

Kentucky Governor: Cold Weather Closures Set Bad Example for Kids

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | STD spike in Indiana … N.Y.C.’s new unified contracting system … and radon gas risks in Colorado.

Kentucky Governor Gives Short Notice on Pension Special Session

Days after the state Supreme Court strikes down a controversial pension reform law, teachers and other public employees rush to Frankfort—again.

The Reason Why Kentucky’s Pension Reform Law Was Struck Down

Gov. Matt Bevin, who championed the legislation, called Thursday’s state Supreme Court ruling “an unprecedented power grab by activists judges.”

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Kentucky’s Approach to Modernizing State Agency Apps

Service delivery is the focus of CIO Chuck Grindle’s second year at the IT helm.

Auditor Finds Big Problems With Kentucky’s Internet Access Plan

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Hemp, on the Brink of Being Legal, Still Faces Challenges

Nineteen of the states that allow hemp cultivation reported a crop last year.

It's Hard to Manage Your Credit When You've Never Heard of 'Interest'

More states are moving toward mandating financial literacy classes.

Red States May Be Ready to Expand Medicaid—In Exchange for Work

In several states this year, the march to bring health care benefits to more low-income residents came with the insistence that able-bodied adults put in hours of work or volunteer time each month to retain the assistance.

As States Legalize Sports Gambling, Convenience and Tax Rates Are Key

There isn’t a one-size-fits-all approach to legalization, but one analysis says states should see serious budget revenue gains with the right policies.

Kentucky Not Giving Up on Medicaid Work Requirements After Judge’s Ruling

Gov. Matt Bevin says the plan is the best way to keep the popular program solvent. Critics say he’s ignoring key data and thousands risk losing coverage.

Kentucky Sues Walgreens Over Opioid Abuse Epidemic

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A New Open-Source Framework for Government Projects

Louisville, Kentucky is making the infrastructure for analyzing historic Waze data available to anyone who partners on the process.