Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin


Gov. Matt Bevin has recognized the sacrifice of a Kentucky soldier who died in the Korean War, but whose remains have just been positively identified and are in the process of being returned to his family in Bowling Green.

Private First Class Joe Stanton Elmore, 20, died on December 2, 1950 in Changjim County, Hamgyeong Province, North Korea.

Lexington Herald Leader

Gov. Matt Bevin has filed a motion in Franklin Circuit Court to disqualify Attorney General Andy Beshear and his office from the political lawsuit filed last week against Kentucky’s recently enacted pension reform law (Senate Bill 151).

The filing lays out significant evidence that Beshear provided legal advice to the Commonwealth (his client) regarding SB 151, thereby violating the Rules of Professional Conduct that govern all attorneys.


Governor Matt Bevin yesterday sent a letter to President Donald Trump, requesting a Presidential Disaster Declaration for 35 Kentucky counties that were impacted during a severe weather event beginning on Feb. 21. The weather pattern produced torrential rain that resulted in flooding, landslides and mudslides, along with intense thunderstorms that led to flash flooding and tornadoes.

The Water Spot

U.S. Rep. Harold "Hal" Rogers (KY-05) and Gov. Matt Bevin have announced a $3.4 million project to alleviate water supply issues within the Martin County Water District.

The project will help secure clean water for the people of Martin County and will be administered by the Kentucky Division of Abandoned Mine Lands (KY DAML), which has received preliminary approval from the U.S. Office of Surface Mining and Reclamation Enforcement (OSMRE).


Gov. Matt Bevin has declared a statewide emergency in response to continued heavy rainfall events which have caused widespread flooding and damage to critical infrastructure across Kentucky.

Beginning on Feb. 9, severe storms produced heavy rain and strong wind gusts, causing flooding, landslides and mudslides and resulting in injuries and major impacts to infrastructure, agricultural production and governmental, commercial and private properties.

Energy Speaks

The Franklin Circuit Court has dismissed a lawsuit brought by labor unions challenging the Commonwealth’s historic new right-to-work law.

House Bill 1, passed by the 2017 General Assembly and signed into law by Gov. Matt Bevin, made Kentucky the 27th state to extend right-to-work guarantees to all its workers.

The Court’s decision rejected the labor unions’ arguments and concluded that the General Assembly acted both reasonably and rationally in determining that House Bill 1 would bring increased jobs and investment to Kentucky.

Poll shows voters disagree with Medicaid work rules

Jan 17, 2018
Public News Service

Kentucky will be phasing in a rule saying people who get Medicaid have to work if they can - but a new national poll suggests voters could see that as part of a very unpopular pattern.

A new national poll finds three-quarters of voters agree - and half agree strongly - that Republicans are waging a "war on health care."


Morehead State Public Radio will provide KET’s live coverage of Gov. Matt Bevin’s 2018 State of the Commonwealth and Budget Address.

The coverage begins tonight (January 16) at 7:00 p.m.

KET’s Renee Shaw and Casey Parker-Bell will co-anchor live coverage of Governor Matt Bevin's address to a joint session of the Kentucky House and Senate.

Al Cross, director of the University of Kentucky Institute for Rural Journalism and Community Issues, will provide analysis.

More information at: http://www.ket.org

Georgetown CCF

In accordance with the proclamation by United States President Donald Trump, and with respect for those who lost their lives in Sutherland Springs, Texas, Governor Matt Bevin has directed both American and state flags at all state office buildings be lowered to half-staff beginning immediately until sunset on Nov. 9 to honor the victims and their families.

“I am heartbroken for the people of Sutherland Springs, Texas," said Gov. Bevin.


Gov. Matt Bevin today launched his new “Beautify the Bluegrass” initiative, calling on Kentuckians to come together to make their hometowns shine.

“I want to encourage people in every Kentucky community to figure how out they can become the most beautiful community in the Commonwealth,” said Gov. Bevin. “The concept is simple: Identify a problem that needs attention, and then find a way to get involved in repairing, enhancing or beautifying it.”

Office of the Kentucky Governor

Gov. Matt Bevin today joined Aetna officials and Northern Kentucky officials at the Boone County Sherriff’s Training Center to announce a partnership that will provide 720 doses of Narcan to first responders in the Northern Kentucky and Appalachia regions to help prevent opioid overdose-related deaths.

Kentucky Tourism

Gov. Matt Bevin has signed a budget reduction order, meeting the Constitutional mandate that the Commonwealth of Kentucky end the fiscal year with a balanced budget. General Fund revenue receipts fell short of budgeted amounts by $138.5 million.

The Governor’s veto of a portion of the budget bill allowed an additional $5 million in lottery receipts to be dedicated to scholarships and not lapse to the General Fund.

In addition, a lower than expected lapse of debt service raised the total resource requirements to meet the shortfall to $152.2 million.

Commonwealth of Kentucky

Gov. Matt Bevin is urging all Kentuckians to help beat back the opioid epidemic with a new public awareness campaign that highlights the dangers of opioid abuse and offers information on drug treatment and naloxone.

The campaign combines web content with statewide advertising to drive home a simple message: “Don’t Let Them Die.”

The theme encourages Kentuckians to recognize the inherent value of human life – even in the grip of addiction – and take proactive steps to help their friends, family and communities overcome this crisis.

LA Times

Gov. Matt Bevin has restored the right to vote and hold public office to 284 more prior offenders who have completed their respective sentences and have applied for restoration of their civil rights.

The orders are pending final background reviews by the Kentucky Justice and Public Safety Cabinet. They exclude individuals convicted of violent or sex crimes, bribery or treason.


Gov. Matt Bevin, joined by state legislators and constituents today (June 27) and signed nearly a dozen pieces of recently enacted legislation at the State Capitol. Among the acts signed were House bills (HB) 128 and 161 and Senate bills (SB) 4 and 79.

Gov. Bevin has called the General Assembly’s 2017 regular session “the most successful in Kentucky history.”

“The members of the House and Senate came together and passed legislation at a rate and significance that will transform the commonwealth for generations to come,” Bevin  said.

Oklahoma Watch

Governor Matt Bevin signed an executive order Friday that establishes the Kentucky Charter Schools Advisory Council to ensure successful implementation of House Bill 520 (HB 520).

The order also realigns key education boards, councils and committees to provide an efficient, modern structure for implementing Senate Bill 1 (SB 1) and provides for greater coordination of efforts across the education system.


The Kentucky State AFL–CIO and Teamsters Local 89 have jointly filed a suit in Franklin Circuit Court seeking injunctive relief from enforcement of unfair and discriminatory provisions of House Bill 1 – The Kentucky Right to Work Act.  Plaintiffs believe that HB 1 violates Sections 1, 2, 3,13,55,59, 60 and 242 of the Kentucky Constitution and is bad for Kentuckians. 

Office of the Kentucky Governor

Gov. Matt Bevin has proclaimed May as Brain Tumor Awareness Month and May 17 as Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma (DIPG) Awareness Day in Kentucky. He was joined by Dr. Maryam Fouladi of the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, 17-year-old Kentucky native Kayne Finley, and other special guests during a ceremony in the Capitol Rotunda.


Gov. Matt Bevin joined four-time world heavyweight champion Evander Holyfield today to announce a championship boxing match to be held in Louisville on June 24 at Freedom Hall.

The announcement was made in conjunction with the Louisville Sports Commission, the Muhammad Ali Center, Top Knotch Boxing (TKO), Kentucky Venues, and Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer.


Governor Matt Bevin has joined with Justice Secretary John Tilley and Commissioner Carey Cockerell to announce a double-digit pay raise for entry-level youth workers at the Department of Juvenile Justice.

The move, which takes effect in April, will provide a 20 percent increase in entry-level salaries for Youth Worker I positions. In addition, every staff member currently employed in the positions of Youth Worker II, III, and Youth Worker Supervisor will receive a pay increase if their salaries are less than 20 percent above the entry-level rate for their position.


Gov. Matt Bevin on Friday (March 3) declared a statewide emergency, in response to the severe storms that battered Kentucky earlier this week.

A powerful weather system with torrential rain, hail, flash flooding, straight-line winds, and tornadoes tracked across the Commonwealth on Tuesday (Feb. 28) and Wednesday (March 1), resulting in injuries and significant property and infrastructure damage.

KY Forward

Gov. Matt Bevin’s Communications Office today announced the launch of a new interactive website at http://www.BevinAnnualReport.com

The site highlights the accomplishments of the Bevin Administration’s first year in office.

“We are excited to unveil this innovative look back at a hugely transformative year in the Commonwealth,” said Communications Director Amanda Stamper.


Thanks to Governor Matt Bevin’s Red Tape Reduction Initiative, several unnecessary boxing and wrestling regulations have been “knocked out.” As a result, Kentucky could soon pin down several major events in the combat sports arena, including World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) matches, and boxing and mixed martial arts events.

Office of the Governor of Kentucky

Gov. Matt Bevin, Haas Automation and local leaders have announced plans for an advanced computer numeric control (CNC) training facility at eKentucky Advanced Manufacturing Institute (eKAMI) in Paintsville. The facility is a critical component to workforce readiness and recruitment of unemployed coal miners.


The Commonwealth of Kentucky, by and through Gov. Matt Bevin, has joined a coalition of 21 states in filing a complaint in federal court challenging the United States Department of Labor’s new overtime rule.


Today Gov. Matt Bevin and U.S. Congressman Hal Rogers announced that the state’s broadband initiative, KentuckyWired, is moving forward with the initial build out in eastern Kentucky followed by the rest of the state. Since announced last year, significant progress has been made in engineering, site design and surveys along with strategic partnership agreements and more.

“Access to a skilled workforce is a critical factor for attracting employers, and is vital to making Kentucky’s economy robust and sustainable,” said Gov. Bevin.

Appalachian State University

Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin has selected five individuals and five organizations whose contributions have raised the level of quality and awareness of the arts in the state as recipients of the 2016 Governor’s Awards in the Arts.

“Just as the wheels of commerce and industry are important to moving Kentucky forward, so too are the arts,” said Gov. Bevin. “Each work of art tells a story and is a reflection of its maker's unique journey through life."

Western Kentucky Star

Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear today filed a lawsuit in Franklin County Circuit Court challenging the authority by which Gov. Matt Bevin recently ordered 4.5 percent cuts in the current fiscal year to Kentucky’s public colleges and universities.

Improper Politics

In a statement released today, Kentucky Treasurer Allison Ball has announced her support for Governor Bevin’s budget proposal.

"As the State Treasurer, my office knows more than most about the importance of fiscal responsibility,” Treasurer Ball said. “I believe the Governor’s proposal is fair and it addresses the very real budgetary issues the Commonwealth is facing.”

Earlier this week, Treasurer Ball appeared in front of the House Budget Review Subcommittee on General Government, Finance and Public Protection and discussed the Treasury’s budget.

Bridge Hunter

Against the backdrop of depleted Road Fund revenues and the need to extend the life-cycle of aging infrastructure, Governor Matt Bevin today submitted his 2016-2022 Recommended Highway Plan to members of the General Assembly.

“This plan provides a common sense approach to prioritizing our infrastructure needs over the next few years,” said Gov. Bevin. “We must be accountable to our citizens by investing in transportation projects that promote safety and economic opportunity.”