Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin

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Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin says he has a good relationship with Lieutenant Governor Jenean Hampton. 

The governor’s comments came following an appearance in Lexington where state pay adjustments were announced. “Have you ever heard me say one negative thing about her or her say one negative thing about me, no.  It’s all rumors and things that you all gin up or hypothesize on.  I have a great relationship with her.  She’s an outstanding person.  She’s been an excellent Lieutenant Governor.  She’s a dear friend.  She’s someone with an incredible intellect,” noted Bevin.

The Kentucky Labor Cabinet has subpoenaed Jefferson County Public Schools, in relation to teacher-led sickouts that forced the school district to close six days while educators protested at the state legislature.

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Gov. Matt Bevin spent much of his fourth State of the Commonwealth Address praising the Republican-led legislature for passing measures like so-called “right-to-work” legislation, anti-abortion policies and attempting to make changes to state worker pension benefits.

The appreciative tone comes a little more than a month after Bevin chided the General Assembly — which has more than two-thirds majority in each chamber — for quickly ending a specially-called legislative session without passing an overhaul of the pension systems.

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Kentucky governor Matt Bevin and the president’s daughter Ivanka Trump were in Eastern Kentucky today to discuss manufacturing and digital job training programs in economically struggling parts of the state.

Programs like the Eastern Kentucky Advanced Manufacturing Institute eKAMI and Interapt are training workers for what Trump called the jobs of the future.

 Most of Eastern Kentucky is considered economically distressed or at-risk by the Appalachian Regional Commission, and declining coal employment has left communities scrambling to find jobs.

Bevin Responds to Ethics Complaint During Newport Visit

Oct 17, 2018
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He stopped in Newport today where a large portion of the conversation focused on taxes. A bill earlier this year aiming to increase the gas tax for road improvements stalled out, but Bevin expects something similar will come up again.

Bevin also responded to an ethics complaint filed against him by the Kentucky Democratic party over a tweet supporting embattled Congressman Andy Barr's re-election.

Governor Bevin has announced his appointments to the Kentucky Board of Education.  They include a former gubernatorial competitor and a former spokeswoman in his office.

The governor’s list of appointees to the board which oversees public education K through 12 statewide includes Hal Heiner.  Heiner is leaving his state cabinet position as secretary of Education and Workforce Development to take on this role.  Heiner also ran against Governor Bevin in the last gubernatorial primary. 

Governor Outlines Budget Calling for 6.25% Cut

Jan 16, 2018
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Gov. Matt Bevin proposed cutting most state spending by 6.25 percent over the next two years and eliminating 70 programs across state government during his budget address Tuesday evening.

The new proposal comes after Bevin signed a two-year budget that cut most state spending by nine percent in 2016.

Gov. Matt Bevin Monday defended his proposal to change the state’s pension systems before a group of business leaders in Lexington.

Late last week, Bevin released a much-anticipated draft of a bill that would move most future and some current retirees onto less-generous 401(k)-style plans.

The proposal would also tweak benefits to current employees and retirees, drawing fire from state employee groups that say the changes would be illegal.

State Launching $100 Million Workforce Development Initiative

Jul 13, 2016

   Governor Bevin has officially kicked off a $100 million statewide bond program focusing on enhancing workforce development.  The Work Ready Skills Initiative seeks to better align education programs with workforce needs.

With Executive Power Expansions, Gov. Bevin Draws Lawsuits

Jun 20, 2016

Only six months into his first term in office, Gov. Matt Bevin is involved in an array of lawsuits, some of which may have ramifications long beyond his administration.

Executive orders made by Bevin have raised legal questions about the limits of the executive branch’s power in the state — power that has been flexed more by some governors than others.

Former Republican Secretary of State Trey Grayson said Bevin is set on reestablishing the “preeminence” of the governor’s office.

University of Louisville President James Ramsey will step down, according to Gov. Matt Bevin.

The governor made the announcement during a news conference Friday morning. He also said he would reorganize U of L’s board of trustees.

“The intent is to give a fresh start, to improve the economies, the efficiencies and the administrative abilities of this board to govern the University of Louisville, because its health and its vibrancy is a critical part of the commonwealth,” Bevin said.

UK President Thanks Governor for Funding Restoration

Apr 21, 2016

The University of Kentucky’s President is expressing thanks to Governor Bevin for reducing funding cuts in the current fiscal year.  The governor released some $23 million to public universities Wednesday.  


President Eli Capilouto expressed his appreciation while attending a regional energy forum on the UK campus,  “It’s reminds me that our Center for Applied Energy Research is a state-funded entity.”  Capilouto said the center brings in millions of dollars and creates jobs on the Lexington campus and across the Commonwealth.


Gov. Bevin Alleges Corruption Under Beshear Administration

Apr 19, 2016

Gov. Matt Bevin has launched an investigation into potential corruption under former Gov. Steve Beshear’s administration.

In a press conference Tuesday, Bevin alleged state employees were coerced into contributing to Democratic political campaigns, including those of Attorney General Andy Beshear and Bevin’s opponent in the governor’s race, former Attorney General Jack Conway.

Kentucky University Presidents Meet with Governor Again

Apr 8, 2016
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    Kentucky’s public university presidents remain in dialogue with Governor Bevin on funding matters.  College heads met at the governor’s mansion Wednesday evening to discuss the current budget impasse. 

Eastern Kentucky University President Michael Benson says higher education funding was a bargaining chip when he presided over a college in Utah and so it remains in Kentucky.  “So happens this year that it’s a really big chip,” Benson said. “And it’s one that’s kind of, the analogy we use is kind of the ping pong ball getting knocked back and forth.”

Fewer Kentucky Workers Able To Help With Benefind Problems

Apr 5, 2016

Fewer people are able to help Kentuckians sign up for health insurance through the state exchange and Medicaid now that Gov. Matt Bevin’s administration has rolled out Benefind, an umbrella portal for state benefits.

So-called Kynectors — state workers and volunteers tasked with helping Kentuckians navigate the health exchange — said new regulations require them to refer most applicants to the Department of Community Based Services, a state agency that manages Benefind, which has been plagued by confusion and long wait times.