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House Republican Caucus Elects Leadership for Upcoming Two Years...

House Republican Floor Leader Jeff Hoover elected to eighth term, Rep. Stan Lee, Rep. Jim DeCesare voted in as Caucus Chair, Whip

(From left to right) House Republican Whip Jim DeCesare, R-Bowling Green; House Republican Floor Leader Jeff Hoover, R-Jamestown; and House Caucus Chairman Stan Lee, R-Lexington, were selected as leadership for the Kentucky House Republican Caucus for the next two years. (Photo: Kentucky House Republican Caucus)

FRANKFORT, Ky. (January 6, 2015) – House Republican Floor Leader Jeff Hoover, R-Jamestown (83rd District), was elected today to an eighth consecutive term by his fellow House Republican legislators.  The re-election of Rep. Hoover to another two year term extends his record as the longest serving House Republican Floor Leader in the history of the Commonwealth.

“I am humbled by the confidence and support my fellow Republican legislators have shown in me by once again selecting me as their leader,” Rep. Hoover said.  “Kentucky has stayed in the status quo for too long because of continued inaction by the House Majority Leadership on a number of key issues, and I stand ready along with my fellow House Republicans to fight to see that our Commonwealth reaches the success it justly deserves.”

Also selected during today’s caucus elections in Frankfort were Rep. Stan Lee, R-Lexington (45th District) as House Republican Caucus Chair, who replaces former caucus chair Rep. Bob DeWeese, R-Louisville (48th District), who chose not to run for re-election for leadership, and Rep. Jim DeCesare, R-Bowling Green (17th District) as House Republican Whip.  Rep. DeCesare replaces Rep. John ‘Bam’ Carney, R-Campbellsville, who had announced at the end of December that he would not seek another term as Whip.

“I want to thank my fellow members for electing me as the new Caucus Chair for our caucus,” said Rep. Lee.  “I also look forward to working with them on issues of policy that are important to the people of Kentucky, and also working toward the fulfillment of a Republican majority in the House in 2016.”

“Today’s caucus elections illustrate a united front for our caucus as we seek to take Kentucky in a new direction, and that House Republicans are the ones who can achieve it,” said Rep. DeCesare.  “I look forward in working with Leader Hoover and Caucus Chair Lee to attain those goals over the next two years and beyond.”

Representatives Hoover, Lee, and DeCesare will serve as House Republican Leadership until January 2017.


Michael Goins

Director of Communications

House Republican Leadership

(502) 564-4334


Date: 01-06-2015

Ky atty general Jack Conway is widely expected to be a candidate in Ky. Democrat Governor's PrimaryCandidate filing deadline for 2015 primary election is Jan. 27...

Kentucky Press News Service

Persons interested in being a candidate in the 2015 Primary Election should know the deadline to file with the secretary of state's office is later this month.

Candidates who wish to be placed on the ballot for the May 19 Primary Election must file their candidacy papers by 4 p.m. EST at the Office of Secretary of State on Tuesday, Jan. 27.

The offices of governor and lieutenant governor, secretary of state, attorney general, auditor of public accounts, state treasurer and commissioner of agriculture are on the ballot in Kentucky in 2015.

“I recommend that candidates file in advance of the deadline in case filing papers need to be corrected,” Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes, Kentucky’s chief election official, said in a news release from her office.

Kentucky law does not provide an opportunity to correct or re-file paperwork after 4 p.m. on Jan. 27.

Candidates may access the filing forms required at

SKED Bringing Entrepreneurial SMARTS to Seven New Communities in 2015...


SOMERSET, Ky. – Southeast Kentucky Economic Development Corporation (SKED) is bringing its highly successful small business training program to seven new communities in 2015.

Entrepreneurs and small business owners in: Manchester, Edmonton, Louisa, Monticello, Harlan, Irvine and Inez, as well as surrounding communities, should mark their calendars for the training offered nearest them.

Entrepreneurial SMARTS is a four-session, 12-hour course designed to provide entrepreneurs with the knowledge and resource materials they need to get a new small business off the ground. This training also provides owners of existing small businesses the skills they need to become more successful and grow their businesses.

To date, 368 aspiring entrepreneurs and small business owners have completed entrepreneurial SMARTS training in 29 sessions held across the 45 counties in SKED’s service area.

This unique and useful training is made possible thanks to a partnership between SKED and Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC).

The 2015 training schedule is as follows: Manchester: Clay County Cooperative Extension, located on 86 Muddy Gap Road, January 22, 29, February 5 and 12; Edmonton: Metcalfe County Cooperative Extension, on 422 East Street, February 16, 23, March 2, 9; Louisa: Lawrence County Cooperative Extension, located at 249 Industrial Park Road, March 12, 16, 26 and April 2; Monticello: Wayne County Cooperative Extension, on 255 Rolling Hills Boulevard, April 8, 13, 22 and 29; Harlan: Harlan County Cooperative Extension (Depot), located on 110 River Street, May 7, 14, 21 and 28; Irvine: Estill County Cooperative Extension, at 76 Golden

Court, August 6, 13, 20 and 27; Inez: Martin County Cooperative Extension, located at 9 Holy Street, September 2, 9, 16 and 23.

SKED staff conducts the entrepreneurial and small business training program - Entrepreneurial SMARTS: Simple Methods And Reality-based Training for Success – which is based on a nationally recognized training program called Core Four® Business Planning Course.

“Entrepreneurial SMARTS has been a great success throughout Southeast Kentucky, as our instructor and the training provided by the program has touched more than 350 lives and helped shore up their future endeavors,” said SKED Executive Director Brett Traver. “As we look to grow the economy of Southeast Kentucky, entrepreneurs will be the ones to lead the way. Nowhere else can entrepreneurs receive such valuable training at so little cost. We are proud to partner with ARC on this training once again.”

Graduates include owners of existing small businesses, folks working to open their own small business in the near future, entrepreneurs seeking some direction on the basics of starting and managing a small business, retirees, college students, employees of nonprofit organizations seeking education and training to more effectively assist their constituents and people who are unemployed and seeking an alternative to the traditional job market. Anyone interested in learning about starting and successfully operating a small business is encouraged to participate.

During the classroom-style training sessions, entrepreneurs and small business owners are instructed in how to create a business plan including basic knowledge about starting, financing and operating a business and planning for success. Class participants are also given the tools needed to determine if business ownership is for them. Existing small business owners receive the support they need to advance the growth of their business and operate a solid, reliable investment. Upon successful completion of this training, participants receive a certificate recognizing their achievements and are eligible to apply for business startup or expansion funding from SKED’s loan funds.

This nationally recognized course is valued at $250 per student. However, due to financial support through a grant from the ARC, combined with financial support from SKED, participants pay a mere $25 per person. In addition, each participant receives a valuable Core Four® Business Planning Course manual and numerous resource materials.

For information about entrepreneurship training, contact SKED (606) 677-6100. To register, visit: and click on the Training link.

Formed 28 years ago by Fifth District Congressman Hal Rogers to create jobs in Southeast Kentucky, the economic development organization, based in Somerset, serves a 45-county region in Kentucky. Staff works with business owners, small and large, throughout its service area to identify financing solutions to fund their location, expansion and working capital needs.


Cheryl Meadows


Communications Director

2292 S. Highway 27

Somerset, KY 42501

(606) 677-6101

Date: 12-26-2014

If ruling upheld, libraries could owe millions, be forced to lower tax rates substantially; Lawrence Library would be affected...

Ruling could mean drastic cuts to local libraries...

By Brent Schanding
Frankfort State Journal

Paul Sawyier Public Library could be forced to pay back as much as $1.3 million to local taxpayers and roll back its tax rate by 40 percent if a Kentucky Appeals Court upholds a lower-court’s contentious ruling.

The Lawrence Co. Library, which was renovated and upgraded in 2009, stands to lose thousands of dollars if a ruling in Kenton County stands in the Ky. Appeals courts.Library Executive Director Donna Gibson told The State Journal that based on past revenues from 2012 the system would likely have to refund $1,363,405 if judges side with taxpayers in Kenton and Campbell counties, who filed lawsuits that argue many state library districts have improperly raised taxes for decades. 

If upheld, the ruling could mean drastic cuts to the local library, which is operating on a $3.2 million budget through 2015. 

“We would look at across the board cuts,” Gibson said. “We do have money in reserve and would budget accordingly.” 

Obscure law

The issue: an estimated 99 state library systems — including Lawrence County's public library — levied taxes without the proper 51 percent voter approval, mandated by an obscure 1964 law.

In the mid 1970's, a new state law allowed counties to raise taxes by a maximum of 4% per year without a public vote, which Lawrence County and many other counties did, amassing large sums of money in many cases. 

Lawrence County Library boards routinely raised taxes by the state limit of 4% every year for at least the past 12 years. But Lawrence Fiscal Court bolted on the issue two years ago and the 4% tax has not been added by the local library since.

Circuit judges in Northern Kentucky initially ruled for the plaintiffs in April 2013. Kenton and Campbell county libraries appealed and now await an appeal court’s ruling. It’s unclear when judges might rule on the case. 

Earlier this month, lawyers for the libraries warned of “calamitous budget cuts” if the suits prevailed. They argued that since 1979 libraries have been included as part of special taxing districts that are permitted to incrementally raise taxes without express approval from voters.

The issue went previously uncontested for decades but gained momentum from Northern Kentucky tea party activists — including Charlie Coleman, who was elected to the Campbell County Commission this November. 

“We the people own the library. Every dollar spent in that library comes from us. So we should have a voice,” he told the Lexington Herald Leader. 

Money generated by the local library tax goes to fund the system’s collection of books, CDs, DVDs, magazines and other media. 

Devastating effect

Beth Sturm, an avid reader from Frankfort, says if the court rules against libraries it would be “devastating for this community.”

“Every time I go in (Paul Sawyier Public Library) it’s full,” she said, noting that workstations and computers are heavily utilized. “People that don’t have access to the Internet depend on that.”

Likewise in Lawrence County the local library's computers are contantly in use as well as other sections of the facility which reportedly has more than $1 million in the bank due to the regulat tax increases.

Lazer Editor/Publisher Mark Grayson contributed to this story...

December 10, 2014;

Grimes is encouraging entrepreneurs to participate in National Write a Business Plan Month this December 

Sec. of state Alison GrimesSecretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes is encouraging entrepreneurs and persons interested in starting a business in Kentucky to participate in National Write a Business Plan Month this December.

"This is a great time to develop a plan for a new Kentucky business or update older plans," said Grimes. "Businesses with clear plans and goals are more likely to succeed, so I encourage people to use the business planning tools my office provides online.”

Almost 15,000 new entities have used the Kentucky Business One Stop Portal to launch businesses this year. The Portal offers assistance to persons interested in starting a business in the Commonwealth. The business plan wizard and business plan template provide step-by-step guidance for creating a business plan. Additional resources for new businesses, including research support and mentoring information, are included in the "Plan My Business" section of the Portal.

Entrepreneurs across the Commonwealth have found the Business Plan Wizard helpful in creating and expanding their ventures. For instance, Melissa Jutras, a national-level Olympic weightlifter, certified STOTT Pilates instructor and NSCA Strength and Conditioning Specialist, started her own health and fitness business in 2010 and recently used the Business Plan Wizard to help expand her growing small business.

"I started Achieving Bodies, LLC, to provide fitness and Pilates training in both one-on-one and group settings,” Jutras said. “Now I'm preparing to open my own gym, so it's a good time to reevaluate and adjust my business plan. The Secretary of State's Business Plan Wizard has been really helpful in making sure my new plan puts Achieving Bodies in a position to succeed!"

“Achieving Bodies is a great example of the many small, local businesses that are helping Kentucky thrive,” said Grimes. “I’m thrilled that Melissa is taking advantage of the tools available to entrepreneurs through our Portal, and I hope others will do the same. As Kentucky's chief business officer, I want to help both new and existing businesses in the Commonwealth, and I am committed to ensuring that every business’s interactions with government are efficient and effective."

The Kentucky Business One Stop Portal,, also includes many other resources for businesses, including information on taxes, insurance, and annual reporting requirements.