Pension Transparency Legislation To Return In 2017

By RYLAND BARTON –  With commanding majorities in the Kentucky legislature, Republican lawmakers will try to find ways to fix the state’s ailing pension systems during the upcoming General Assembly. One proposal would make lawmakers’ pension information subject to open records requests. Owensboro Republican Sen. Joe Bowen says the public should know how much lawmakers are earning…

New chief of Ky legislative staff brings reform

by Tom Loftus , @TomLoftus_CJ –  Jeff Hoover, a Republican member of the Kentucky House of Representatives, and Robert Stivers, a Republican member of the Kentucky Senate, speak the day after elections. Scott Utterback/The CJ FRANKFORT, Ky. — In one respect, the job of directing the Legislative Research Commission’s 400-member staff is like that of a baseball umpire: If…

Toyota lays out timeline for NKY exit

by Bowdeya Tweh , btweh@enquirer.com – Toyota will spend much of 2017 winding down its operation in Erlanger as part of the company’s relocation to Texas. In a layoff notice sent to Kentucky officials, Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing said Monday it would shutter its Northern Kentucky headquarters by the end of 2017. Toyota, which is moving its…

Adelsons give $15M more to McConnell super PAC

by Tom Loftus , @TomLoftus_CJ –  Casino magnate Sheldon Adelson and his wife Miriam gave another $15 million late in the fall campaign to Sen. Mitch McConnell’s super PAC devoted to electing Republicans to the U.S. Senate. That brought the Adelsons’ total contributions to Senate Leadership Fund to $35 million – dwarfing even other billionaire donors who…

Greenup approves needle exchange program

by MIKE JAMES, The DAILY Independent – GREENUP The Greenup County Health Department is poised to launch a needle exchange program its director says would cut down on diseases contracted by drug addicts using dirty needles. The exchange also would protect first responders and health care workers who risk exposure from accidental needle sticks, said county…

State audit rips U of L Foundation, Ramsey

by Tom Loftus , @TomLoftus_CJ – Kentucky Auditor Mike Harmon briefed the media on the findings of an audit of the University of Louisville. FRANKFORT, Ky. — The University of Louisville Foundation exceeded its authority in paying former University President James Ramsey more than what was approved in 2014 by the university’s board of trustees, according to a…