Blame Game Continues In Frankfort Over Benefind Rollout

by Ryland Barton – As Gov. Matt Bevin’s administration and a private consulting firm work to fix Benefind, the troubled one-stop portal for health and social services in Kentucky, the blame game over who’s responsible for its problematic rollout continues. At a hearing of the state Senate’s Health and Welfare Committee on Monday, a top Bevin administration official blamed the federal government and previous…

Bevin hopeful budget talks can be revived

by The Associated Press –  FRANKFORT, KY.  Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin is encouraging state lawmakers to pass a budget before the legislature adjourns for the year. Bevin spokeswoman Jessica Ditto said the Republican governor still hopes lawmakers can pass a budget without an expensive special session. House and Senate lawmakers ended budget negotiations late Sunday…

Budget negotiations hit a wall as lawmakers leave table without a deal

by Kevin Wheatley, @KWheatley_cn2 – FRANKFORT — About an hour after telling reporters that he expected talks to continue for several hours late Sunday, Senate President Robert Stivers and other members of the budget conference committee abruptly left the negotiating table. Stivers, R-Manchester, did not answer questions as he exited the Capitol Annex meeting around 11:30 p.m. Sunday. House…

Stivers, Stumbo resume budget talks

by Tom Loftus, @TomLoftus_CJ – Ky. Senate Pres. Robert Stivers said “I will not budge,” in regard to April 12 date scheduled for budget adjournment. Stivers cited high job loss in his native eastern Kentucky and House of Reps previous spending, as contention points. Alton Strupp/The Courier-Journal FRANKFORT, Ky. – House and Senate leaders resumed face-to-face talks…

Faculty group wants open meeting on Ramsey

by Andrew Wolfson, @adwolfson – The Louisville chapter of the American Association of University Professors says the University of Louisville’s Faculty Senate should meet in a public session Wednesday when it discusses a proposed no-confidence vote on President James Ramsey by the Board of Trustees. The association, whose mission includes upholding principles of academic freedom and shared governance,…

Sen. Neal pitches experience and influence against former aide, retired judge in primary debate

by Kevin Wheatley, @KWheatley_cn2 – LOUISVILLE — With two Democratic challengers nipping at his heels, state Senate Minority Caucus Chairman Gerald Neal appealed to more than 75 assembled in the basement of King Solomon Missionary Baptist Church on Tuesday that his experience in the General Assembly should earn him another term. Neal fended off spirited remarks from former legislative…