Governor Matt Bevin

Bevin Pushes For Reduced Regs, Doesn’t Name Any He’d Remove

Jul 6, 2016
courier-journal.com

Gov. Matt Bevin is taking requests to remove state regulations, which he says prevent businesses from relocating to Kentucky.

Bevin’s office has set up a website, RedTapeReduction.comwhere people can “report a reg” and describe how the policy is “hurting you/your business.”

In a video announcing the initiative, Bevin said removing regulations will make Kentucky more attractive to businesses looking to relocate.

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Kentucky officials say General Motors Corp. plans to invest $290 million at the automaker's Corvette plant in Bowling Green.

The company's North American manufacturing manager, Arvin Jones, said Friday the investment includes technology upgrades to improve the plant's manufacturing process. It could also create as many as 270 new jobs.

The investment announcement was made by Gov. Matt Bevin's office in Frankfort.

Bevin’s Medicaid Changes Would Charge New Premiums

Jun 22, 2016
scoopnest.com

    At a news conference Wednesday morning in Frankfort, Gov. Matt Bevin announced his much-anticipated plan to remake the state’s expanded Medicaid system.

Former Deputy Ky. Attorney General to Face State Charges

May 4, 2016
ag.ky.gov

Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear says a former top deputy in his office will face state charges. Tim Longmeyer has already pleaded guilty to a federal bribery charge. 

Court documents unsealed Tuesday at the request of the Lexington Herald-Leader show Longmeyer arranged for illegal campaign donations to Beshear's campaign.

Beshear told reporters he’s not ready to say what state charges will be filed against Longmeyer. He expressed appreciation Wednesday to the FBI and U.S. Attorney’s Office for its investigation of Longmeyer. 

State Dedicates Workers To Cut Benefind Backlog

Apr 28, 2016
Ryland Barton Capitol Reporter

The Cabinet for Health and Family Services is bringing 91 field workers from around the state to Frankfort to help deal with the backlog of applications in Benefind, the new umbrella portal for Kentucky’s welfare programs.

Since the February rollout of Benefind, people trying to get benefits have had to deal with long wait times at local Department for Community Based Services offices and over the phone. The system also erroneously sent out notices to some people that their benefits had been canceled.

With Budget Talks Near Deadline, Bevin Says No Special Session

Apr 12, 2016
lanereport.com

If lawmakers fail to pass a state budget by the end of the legislative session on Friday, Gov. Matt Bevin says he won’t call a special legislative session to give them more time.

If a two-year budget doesn’t pass by June 30, the state will be thrown into a partial government shutdown. Nonetheless, Bevin is adamant that he won’t give lawmakers more time.

“I will not reward the inability to do the job that people were sent here for by paying them extra money,” Bevin said. “The job can get done. I believe the job will get done because the job should get done.”

Ky. Attorney General Sues Bevin Over Education Cuts

Apr 11, 2016
kentucky.com

Kentucky’s Democratic Attorney General Andy Beshear announced on Monday he has filed suit against Republican Gov. Matt Bevin over the governor’s recent order imposing an immediate 4.5 percent funding cut to state colleges and universities.

The cut amounts to some $41 million in spending reductions from what the General Assembly had agreed to in a previous budget.

Beshear said Bevin’s current-year cuts to higher education violate the separation of powers between the three branches of government and are unconstitutional.

State Budget Impasse Remains an Issue

Apr 4, 2016
courier-journal.com

Kentucky lawmakers are deadlocked on a state budget but have to come up with a compromise by April 15th—the last day the state constitution allows them to meet.  If the stalemate continues, state government could be partially shut down. 
 

Leaders of the Democratic-led House refuse to accept cuts to K-12 and higher education proposed by Senate Republicans and Gov. Matt Bevin. GOP leaders say the cuts are necessary to put more money into the state’s ailing pension system. 
 

Attorney General Tells Bevin To Rescind Education Cuts, Threatens Suit

Apr 1, 2016
whas11.com

A day after Republican Gov. Matt Bevin issued an order cutting the state’s current contribution to higher education by 4.5 percent, Democratic Attorney General Andy Beshear said that move is illegal.

In a news conference late Friday afternoon, Beshear — the state’s top law enforcement official — told Bevin to rescind his order, which made the cuts to state colleges and universities. He said if the governor did not do so within seven days, his office would file suit.

Governor Calls Out Stumbo, Democrats on State Budget Impasse

Mar 29, 2016
Stu Johnson / WEKU News

Republican Governor Matt Bevin and GOP legislative leaders held a news conference Tuesday morning to address the state budget standoff. Bevin said House democrats are unwilling to compromise on the spending plan. He maintained that all parts of the budget are up for negotiating.  “We are here, we are in session,” Bevin said.  “We will be here at any hour, on any day for the next two weeks to meet at any time to talk about this issue.”

Ky. House Votes to Preserve Kynect, Medicaid Expansion

Mar 23, 2016
Stu Johnson / WEKU News

    The Kentucky House has voted to require operation of a state-run healthcare exchange similar to Kynect.  However the bill is unlikely to be considered in the state Senate.

House floor votes on the healthcare exchange bill and another measure to require an expansion of Medicaid, came early Tuesday evening.  Governor Matt Bevin is dismantling Kynect, the state-run exchange developed under former Governor Steve Beshear, and moving the commonwealth to a federal exchange. 

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Gov. Matt Bevin’s administration has filed a lawsuit against a second Kentucky abortion provider, alleging the facility provided abortions without a license.

The lawsuit was filed Wednesday against Eubanks & Marshall of Lexington, PSC, which does business as EMW Women’s Clinic. It alleges the clinic wasn’t properly licensed, and didn’t have proper transfer agreements in place with a hospital and ambulance service. The Cabinet for Health and Family Services filed the lawsuit.

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Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin claims that dismantling the state’s health insurance exchange, Kynect, is going to cost much less than some have estimated.

Bevin’s office released a statement Wednesday saying the net cost to the state of transitioning to the federal exchange will be around $236,000. The governor’s office says the federal share will be $3.7 million.

Some estimates had put the cost to dismantle Kynect at around $23 million.

State Budget Director Defends Bevin’s Proposed Cuts

Feb 23, 2016
The Lane Report

Gov. Matt Bevin’s top budget aide on Monday said spending cuts are necessary to start improving the status of the state’s ailing pension systems.

Under the governor’s proposed budget, most state agencies will be cut by 4.5 percent for the rest of the current fiscal year and 9 percent over the next two fiscal years.

State Budget Director John Chilton told state legislators that the cuts are better than increasing taxes, borrowing money or ignoring the growing financial liability in the state pension systems.

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Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin's administration is asking a judge to penalize a Louisville Planned Parenthood facility for performing abortions without a valid license.

Bevin, a staunchly anti-abortion Republican, ordered abortions halted at the downtown facility after learning last month that it was performing the procedures. Planned Parenthood says it got approval from former Gov. Steve Beshear's administration, which left office in December.

The Cabinet for Health and Family Services sued Thursday in Jefferson County Circuit Court, seeking up to nearly $700,000 in fines. 

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A top regulator from Gov. Matt Bevin's administration has resigned as a director of Kentucky's major Republican super PAC after a newspaper inquired about potential conflicts in holding both roles.

The Courier-Journal reports that K. Gail Russell resigned Wednesday as director of the super PAC Kentuckians for Strong Leadership.

Russell is the deputy secretary of the Public Protection Cabinet, overseeing banking, insurance, horse racing and other business.

Jacob Ryan / WFPL

Kentucky Medicaid beneficiaries and other welfare recipients will apply for services using a new website called Benefind starting Feb. 29.

Medicaid recipients previously applied for benefits using Kynect, the state health exchange that Gov. Matt Bevin has promised to dismantle by the end of the year.

Health and Human Services Cabinet Vickie Yates Glisson said the plan does away with the paper-version of the application — the program will be entirely online.

wfpl.org

As part of his proposed budget cuts, Republican Gov. Matt Bevin exempted what he considered to be key government services. Not protected: The government agencies charged with holding him and his administration accountable.

education.ky.gov

Legislation to revamp how academic standards are set in public elementary, middle, and high schools is headed to the Kentucky Senate. The measure is one of this year’s top priorities for senate republicans.

Former Democratic Gov. Steve Beshear says he is starting an advocacy group to oppose Republican Gov. Matt Bevin's plans to dismantle Kynect and scale back the state's Medicaid expansion.

Beshear is scheduled to announce "Save Kentucky Healthcare" during two events Thursday. In a news release, Beshear said he is troubled by Bevin's plans to roll back what he called Kentucky's nation-leading progress in improving the health of its people.

kentuckytourism.com

State House Democrats say they likely will not approve $650 million worth of state spending cuts as outlined in Republican Gov. Matt Bevin's budget proposal.

The resistance sets up a budget battle one month ahead of four special elections that could shift the balance of power in the legislature.

powerupky.org

  Kentucky environmental advocates are worried that budget reductions called for by Gov. Matt Bevin will make it impossible for the Energy and Environment Cabinet to perform its basic functions.

In his first budget proposal since taking office last month, Bevin on Tuesday called for across-the-board 9 percent budget reductions to most state agencies.

From 2012-2016, the cabinet has already seen its budget reduced by nearly 16 percent, and has implemented those cuts in various departments.

The cabinet’s responsibilities include implementing and enforcing federal laws such as the Clean Air Act and Clean Water Act, plus mine safety, surface mine permitting and reclamation, forestry, oil and gas regulation and preserving Kentucky’s wild areas.

University Presidents React to Governor Bevin’s Budget Plan

Jan 27, 2016
Stu Johnson / WEKU News

    

Governor Matt Bevin’s budget speech Tuesday night contained some sobering news for those in the higher education community.

Governor Bevin’s first budget plan calls for cuts to state cabinets and higher ed by 9% each over the next two years.  The proposal caught Eastern Kentucky University President Michael Benson a bit off guard.  “Well I think we’re all kind of stunned," Benson said. "We had heard a cut was coming, but nothing to the magnitude of what we heard tonight."

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Governor Matt Bevin will present his first two year budget plan Tuesday evening.  Two eastern Kentucky lawmakers from both sides of the aisle hope to hear about infrastructure funding.

Hyden Republican Representative Tim Couch would like to see road projects move forward.  While the expansion of the mountain parkway has gotten a lot of attention, Couch believe a similar approach to the Hal Rogers Parkway could foster economic opportunities.  “You’ve got a straight shot; the only bottle neck from Prestonsburg to Bowling Green is the Hal Rogers Parkway,” said Couch.

Budget Address and Filing Deadline This Week in Frankfort

Jan 25, 2016
wkyt.com

February 26 is a significant day in the 2016 Kentucky general assembly session for two primary reasons.  It’s the day lawmakers hear the two year budget suggestions from new governor Matt Bevin.  It’s also the candidate filing deadline for various races including the House of Representatives.  The political party makeup is closely divided between democrats and republicans.  Senate President Robert Stivers believes it will be hard to hold the party line.  “Neither party in my opinion will be able to hold all their members on every vote where there’s a constitutional majority needed,” said S

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  Republican Gov. Matt Bevin has notified the federal government that Kentucky will dismantle its state health insurance exchange, Kynect.

The move will direct Kentuckians seeking health insurance under the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, to use the federal health insurance site, healthcare.gov.

More than 500,000 people have gotten health insurance through Kynect.

Commonwealth Fund

States initiatives to expand health insurance coverage through either traditional Medicaid or private insurance have equally good outcomes for low-income adults, according to a study released Tuesday.

The Harvard’s School of Public Health study compared survey results from 5,600 low-income adults in Kentucky, Arkansas and Texas.

The study was released as Kentucky’s new governor mulls reforming the Medicaid expansion. Kentucky expanded its Medicaid program under the Affordable Care Act while Democratic Gov. Steve Beshear was in office. Arkansas, however, used federal dollars to pay for private health insurance for low-income adults.

Bevin Rescinds Voting Rights to Ex-Felons, Changes Kentucky Marriage Licenses

Dec 22, 2015
governor.ky.gov

Gov. Matt Bevin issued five high-profile executive orders on Tuesday on issues ranging from same-sex marriage licenses to voting rights for ex-felons.

“Today, I took action to uphold several commitments I made during my campaign so that we can implement real solutions that will help the people of Kentucky,” said Bevin said in a press release.

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