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Democrat Linda Belcher won a blowout victory in the special election for the House District 49 seat she narrowly lost in 2016, defeating the widow of former Republican Representative Dan Johnson, who killed himself in December.
Republicans have finally filed a pension bill in the Kentucky General Assembly, though it varies greatly from the original proposal of Gov. Bevin last fall to move most state workers into a 401(k)-style plan.
GLI is part of a bipartisan coalition supporting an amendment to Kentucky's constitution that would allow expanded gaming and steer the funds generated towards the state's troubled public pension system.
Gov. Bevin's proposed two-year budget eliminates all $1.46 million in state funding for Norton Children's Hospital to operate the Kentucky Poison Control Center, which staffs trained professionals to fields calls from Kentuckians having a poison emergency at all hours of the day.
Bevin's proposed state budget would cut $8.3 million from what UofL requested in General Fund dollars in each of the next two fiscal years, in addition to eliminating funding for several government programs that the university participates in.