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Bevin's Medicaid changes actually mean Kentucky will pay more to provide health care

February 14, 2018
The Courier-Journal

Gov. Matt Bevin's complex plan to reshape the state Medicaid program actually will cost Kentucky more to provide health coverage to people affected by the Medicaid changes than if the state did nothing.

Bevin promised to turn ‘sacred cow’ tax breaks into ‘hamburger.’ Where’s the beef?

February 8, 2018
Lexington Herald Leader

In his State of the Commonwealth address a year ago today, Gov. Matt Bevin boldly proclaimed that he and the new Republican-controlled General Assembly would turn some “sacred cows” into “hamburger.”

Scott County members participate in 16th Annual MLK March!

Marchers at the 16th Annual MLK March in Georgetown!
January 17, 2018 at 01:07pm

For the 16th straight year, the Georgetown-Scott County NAACP Unit celebrated Martin Luther King, Jr. Day with a march and program commemorating the legacy and message of the late civil rights leader. In the current environment that we are in, with growing income inequality, elected leaders playing to racial and religious differences, and a struggle to define what it means to be American, it was an important day to stand together.

Special session won't be called to address Kentucky pension system

December 18, 2017
WYMT

Despite his efforts it appears Governor Matt Bevin will not call a special session.

9 reasons why Kentucky needs to fund public pensions

November 21, 2017 at 05:45pm

We’ve built serious momentum in Kentucky around stopping Governor Bevin’s dangerous public pension bill while advancing a commonsense plan to find revenue to fund the pension and other public investments through the Kentucky Forward Plan.

Mishmash of tax breaks unfair, shrinks Ky. budget

November 17, 2017
Lexington Herald Leader

Is it fair that most people and businesses pay their full share of taxes to support our state while some don’t?

No, of course not. And the large and growing tax breaks — they don’t sunset so with each new one the drain on the treasury grows — are bankrupting the state.

Trump’s people are messing with Medicaid. Here’s why they shouldn’t

November 20, 2017
Lexington Herald Leader

It is deeply troubling that Medicaid rules have been rewritten to usher in a new era of Medicaid waivers with requirements and penalties that no previous administration has ever approved. In fact, they have been the basis for rejecting waivers in the past.

LTE: Bevin should be working on fair tax reform

October 24, 2017
The Advocate Messenger

Dear Editor,

SOKY member reflects on the Fund Our Pension rally in Frankfort

November 8, 2017 at 03:31pm

When I became a member of KFTC a few short months ago, I wanted to find ways to make a difference in our community and in our Commonwealth. I had such an opportunity when I was able to attend the Fund Our Pension Rally in Frankfort on November 1.

I have been shocked and horrified by our governor’s depiction of state workers, and especially of public school teachers, as greedy, lazy, and yes, unsophisticated. As one speaker from Vocational Rehabilitation pointed out, he saved as many sick days as he could so if he or his wife or one of his kids had an accident or a serious illness, he would have time to take off. If a worker comes to work with the sniffles or on crutches or with a cast on their arm (I have done all three) and still does their job, and then retires with a couple of months of sick time built up, they should be paid for it. They could have stayed home and left work undone, but they didn’t. That is their time accrued and promised to them.

The governor has tried, with some success, to drive a wedge between the private and public sectors. What people need to know is that when I retired three months ago, the college-educated person who was hired to take my place started at $12.15 an hour. They could have started at Target with a high school diploma for $11.00 an hour, so, believe me, we don’t work for the state out of greed. I

heard one speaker talk about how state workers clear our streets, teach our kids, inspect our swimming pools, help the disabled find jobs, keep us safe, put out our fires, and on and on. No, these are not lazy people, these are people who work for little compensation to care for their fellow citizens. And unsophisticated was just another word for stupid, so I will not even stoop to answer that one. It was clear from the signs and the speeches that no one was happy with that insult.

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