KY ranked among states with least freedom

by Justin Sayers, @_JustinSayers – Is Kentucky among the least free states in the nation? One website seems to thinks so. Freedom in the 50 States, which is owned by Washington D.C.-based libertarian think tank the Cato Institute, ranked Kentucky 41st on its overall list of states with the most freedom. New Hampshire was first, Indiana was…

Ky pays $625K over road project delay

by Tom Loftus, @TomLoftus_CJ – FRANKFORT, Ky. – The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet recently paid $625,000 in damages to a highway contractor because the cabinet had not secured the land for a road project before a deadline to start construction that was set in a contract awarded by the Beshear administration. Moreover, the state has agreed to pay…

Kentucky Ag Commish Joins Trump Advisory Board

by JOHN NULL – Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles CREDIT RYAN QUARLES / FACEBOOK Kentucky agriculture commissioner Ryan Quarles has joined Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump’s agricultural advisory committee. Quarles, elected last year, is one of several state agriculture commissioners on the advisory board, which has more than 60 members. The board also includes members varying from…

Adam Edelen, Matt Jones launch political group

by Tom Loftus, @TomLoftus_CJ Former state Auditor Adam Edelen and Kentucky Sports Radio’s Matt Jones on Tuesday formally launched a political movement with a hope of drawing fresh ideas and new leaders behind a moderate and progressive political agenda. The group, which Edelen and Jones have been planning since early this year, is called the New Kentucky…

GLI: City heat study doesn’t justify more regs

by James Bruggers, @jbruggers – In his first heat management report, Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer called on residents and business owners to take steps to improve the livability of Louisville by reducing heat. Frankie Steele, Special to CJ Business group recommends incentive-based and voluntary programs for environmental tree, heat initiatives. STORY HIGHLIGHTS GLI said it understands the…

Kentucky’s General Fund Receipts Up 4.8% in July

by THE ASSOCIATED PRESS & ROB CANNING –  Kentucky Budget Director John Chilton says the Commonwealth’s tax collections in July were up nearly 5 percent from a year ago. Chilton says state General Fund receipts last month totaled $769.3 million. His office reported big gains in income and property tax collections and that corporate income tax collections rose more…