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    Thanks to Liles Taylor for sending us this.

    By JASON DUNN

    Food assistance through the SNAP program has been getting harder for some low-income Kentuckians to access over the past year because of new work reporting requirements. Thousands of families have lost benefits as a result.

    As changes to the SNAP program started taking effect over the last year, we have maintained that mandatory work reporting requirements create bureaucratic hurdles and deny people the help they need. New evidence that this policy isn’t working comes from a surprising source: the recipients and case workers closest to the program.

    It’s always good to find like-minded partners who can help demonstrate the impact of new policies, especially when they can elevate the voices of those most deeply involved. We’re thankful to find a new ally in messaging: Kentucky’s own current administration.

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    By JOE GRAVISS and BUDDY WHEATLEY

    With Gov. Matt Bevin calling a special legislative session beginning Friday to pass his public pension plan, we are reminded of Henry Ford, who famously said his customers could have cars painted “any color, so long as it’s black.” 

    For weeks now, the debate has focused solely on the governor’s bill and a few tweaks he’s made. Legislators have been told that he wants an up-or-down vote on his bill, specifically, and that we would be free to make additional changes in 2020. But there are other, less bumpy routes leading to the same destination.

    The two of us serve on the General Assembly’s Public Pension Oversight Board and have a thorough understanding of the damage the governor’s bill would do if enacted.  We share the same goal of protecting our public health departments, rape crisis centers, domestic violence shelters, regional public universities and other quasi-governmental agencies from a crushing 68% increase in pension costs, starting in July. This bill, however, is not the way to do it.

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    By the Kentucky Democratic Party

    Popularity eroding even further toward lowest point in his first term

    Frankfort, KY—A new Morning Consult poll finds that Matt Bevin’s dismal popularity with Kentuckians is getting even worse, with a 56% disapproval and 32% approval rating. His disapproval has gotten 4% worse since the beginning of the year, according to the poll. 

    Bevin continues to be America’s least popular governor. Additionally, the poll finds that Bevin has a net -26% disapproval with independent voters. 

    Morning Consult’s Eli Yokley noted: “@MattBevin is still America's least popular governor -- and it's not getting better.” 

    KDP Spokesperson Marisa McNee added: “Matt Bevin is the most unpopular governor in the country—and he has earned it. Kentuckians are rejecting Matt Bevin’s weak and failed time as governor because he bullies teachers, tries to tear down public education, and supports ripping away protections for people with pre-existing conditions. Working families know they’re falling behind on Bevin’s watch and it’s time for a change.” 

     

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    *Thanks to Bill Londrigan for sending us this.*
     
    It’s been a decade since the federal minimum wage was increased—the longest period in American history without an increase. In that time, the cost of living has increased and working families have struggled to make ends meet. The Raise the Wage Act would finally bring the federal minimum wage up to $15 an hour.
     
    It’s been a decade since the federal minimum wage was increased—the longest period in American history without an increase. In that time, the cost of living has increased and working families have struggled to make ends meet. The Raise the Wage Act would finally bring the federal minimum wage up to $15 an hour.
     
    The House of Representatives is voting /tomorrow /on the Raise the Wage Act, and we need to make sure lawmakers know where workers stand. *Will you show your support and ask your friends to call their representatives [1]*?
     
    The House of Representatives is voting /tomorrow /on the Raise the Wage Act, and we need to make sure lawmakers know where workers stand. *Will you show your support and ask your friends to call their representatives [1]*?
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    Thanks to Bill Londrigan for sending us this.

    It’s been a decade since the federal minimum wage was increased—the longest period in American history without an increase. In that time, the cost of living has increased and working families have struggled to make ends meet. The Raise the Wage Act would finally bring the federal minimum wage up to $15 an hour.

    The House of Representatives is voting tomorrow on the Raise the Wage Act, and we need to make sure lawmakers know where workers stand. Will you show your support and ask your friends to call their representatives?

    One in 9 workers in the U.S. is in poverty—even when working full time and year-round. Passing the Raise the Wage Act as it stands would empower working families in need and build an economy that works for everyone.

    Share our #RaisetheWage message on social media right now.

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    From The Lexington Herald-Leader: Bevin, Beshear clash on several issues at farm bureau forum
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    Speaking at Kentucky Farm Bureau headquarters, Beshear challenged Bevin's support for school-choice initiatives and the governor's efforts to impose work requirements for some low-income people on Medicaid. The Democratic challenger said those policies would hurt public schools and hospitals in rural Kentucky, which drew an aggressive response from the Republican incumbent in defending the initiatives.
     
    Speaking at Kentucky Farm Bureau headquarters, Beshear challenged Bevin's support for school-choice initiatives and the governor's efforts to impose work requirements for some low-income people on Medicaid. The Democratic challenger said those policies would hurt public schools and hospitals in rural Kentucky, which drew an aggressive response from the Republican incumbent in defending the initiatives.
     
    Bevin kept up a theme of his campaign — pointing to his experience as a business executive as an advantage for the state that differentiates him from Beshear. In pushing back, Beshear said the person representing the state shouldn't be someone who has feuded with public education groups, as Bevin has done, or whose administration has been mired in a spat with his lieutenant governor.
     
    Bevin kept up a theme of his campaign — pointing to his experience as a business executive as an advantage for the state that differentiates him from Beshear. In pushing back, Beshear said the person representing the state shouldn't be someone who has feuded with public education groups, as Bevin has done, or whose administration has been mired in a spat with his lieutenant governor.
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    By BRUCE SCHREINER

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    Republican Gov. Matt Bevin and Democratic challenger Andy Beshear clashed on education and health care policies while sharing the stage for a forum before Kentucky's most influential agricultural group that turned feisty Wednesday.

    Speaking at Kentucky Farm Bureau headquarters, Beshear challenged Bevin's support for school-choice initiatives and the governor's efforts to impose work requirements for some low-income people on Medicaid. The Democratic challenger said those policies would hurt public schools and hospitals in rural Kentucky, which drew an aggressive response from the Republican incumbent in defending the initiatives.

    Bevin kept up a theme of his campaign — pointing to his experience as a business executive as an advantage for the state that differentiates him from Beshear. In pushing back, Beshear said the person representing the state shouldn't be someone who has feuded with public education groups, as Bevin has done, or whose administration has been mired in a spat with his lieutenant governor.

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    ews Governor Bevin called a special session beginning this Friday to address the spiking contribution rates for Kentucky’s quasi-governmental agencies. The legislation proposed by Governor Bevin pushes employers to illegally break their inviolable contract with current employees and irresponsibly incentivizes a defined contribution choice for newly hired quasi-government employees, which will only harm the overall funding of the Kentucky Retirement Systems. Other alternatives exist and should be explored. Our message to lawmakers is simple: freeze the rates! These agencies need a rate freeze, not partisan politics that undermine retirement security for public employees.
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    Governor Bevin called a special session beginning this Friday to address the spiking contribution rates for Kentucky’s quasi-governmental agencies. The legislation proposed by Governor Bevin pushes employers to illegally break their inviolable contract with current employees and irresponsibly incentivizes a defined contribution choice for newly hired quasi-government employees, which will only harm the overall funding of the Kentucky Retirement Systems. Other alternatives exist and should be explored. Our message to lawmakers is simple: freeze the rates! These agencies need a rate freeze, not partisan politics that undermine retirement security for public employees.
     
    Click below to tell your lawmakers to keep it simple and freeze the rates. The Governor’s proposed legislation is illegal, irresponsible and risky - it will only further erode the retirement security for public employees. Successful passage of this illegal bill will open the door to attacks on everyone’s rights under the inviolable contract.
     
    Click below to tell your lawmakers to keep it simple and freeze the rates. The Governor’s proposed legislation is illegal, irresponsible and risky - it will only further erode the...
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    Thanks to Liles Taylor for sending us this.

    Governor Bevin called a special session beginning this Friday to address the spiking contribution rates for Kentucky’s quasi-governmental agencies. The legislation proposed by Governor Bevin pushes employers to illegally break their inviolable contract with current employees and irresponsibly incentivizes a defined contribution choice for newly hired quasi-government employees, which will only harm the overall funding of the Kentucky Retirement Systems. Other alternatives exist and should be explored. Our message to lawmakers is simple: freeze the rates! These agencies need a rate freeze, not partisan politics that undermine retirement security for public employees.

    Click below to tell your lawmakers to keep it simple and freeze the rates. The Governor’s proposed legislation is illegal, irresponsible and risky - it will only further erode the retirement security for public employees. Successful passage of this illegal bill will open the door to attacks on everyone’s rights under the inviolable contract.

    https://actionnetwork.org/letters/tell-your-legislators-freeze-the-rates?sfns=mo

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    By DANIEL DESROCHERS

    Another Democrat has announced he wants U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s seat.

    Michael Broihier, a Marine Corps veteran and farmer from Lincoln County, announced in a three minute video Thursday morning that he’s running for U.S. Senate.

    “I’m running for the people of Kentucky, because they deserve a Senator who has courage, courage and the commitment to lead,” Broihier told the Herald-Leader. “I don’t think Mitch McConnell’s doing that.”

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