Kentucky State Government and Public Real Estate News

The Kentucky Public Transportation Infrastructure Authority (KPTIA) today voted to join the E-ZPass Group, which operates a common electronic toll payment program in 15 states. With an E-ZPass transponder, tolls can automatically be paid on any toll road or bridge operated by any member agency of the E-ZPass Group.
Lieutenant Governor Crit Luallen and Lexington Mayor Jim Gray joined company officials and local leaders today to announce the expansion of Belcan Corp. in downtown Lexington. Belcan, a leading engineering services and technical staffing provider, will create 100 jobs and invest $1.2 million into the expansion in the Lexington Vine Center.
U.S. Rep. Harold "Hal" Rogers (KY-05) voted for legislation that will establish improved health and safety standards for the management and disposal of coal ash, while also protecting an estimated 316,00 jobs across the country. The Improving Coal Combustion Residuals Regulation Act of 2015 (H.R.1734) reins in the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) by putting states in charge of implementing coal ash rules and ensures proper protections are in place for public health and the environment.
The middle of July usually means less grass mowing because of the parched, brown conditions of most lawns. Streams normally run low and clear in mid-summer and concern about drought clouds people’s minds.
U.S. Representative Ed Whitfield (KY-01) is pleased to announce grants for two area fire departments from the Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency in cooperation with the U.S. Fire Administration
The Subcommittee on Energy and Power today unanimously approved a draft of its long-awaited energy package, an effort to modernize our laws to reflect America’s energy abundance and take full advantage of our potential to be an energy superpower in the 21st century
MERSCORP Holdings, Inc. today announced that the United States Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals issued a ruling that the Kentucky recording statutes do not require a recording in the land records when promissory notes are transferred
Attorney General Jack Conway and members of the Prosecutors Advisory Council today announced that 18 Commonwealth's Attorneys Offices and 26 County Attorneys Offices across the Commonwealth have been selected for funding to implement, expand, or enhance "Rocket Docket" programs. Rocket Docket programs are a collaborative program between the local Commonwealth's Attorney and the local County Attorney to expedite cases through the judicial system.
U.S. Representative Ed Whitfield (KY-01) is pleased to announce grants to three area airports from the Federal Aviation Administration through the U.S. Department of Transportation. The Russellville-Logan County Airport will receive $2,050,000.  The grant will provide federal funding for thefinal phase to extend Runway 06 by 500 feet to meet the operational needs of the airport.
Gov. Beshear joined community officials from the region to celebrate Site Selection magazine naming Kentucky the top state for economic development projects per capita last year. The Governor was presented with a trophy by magazine officials earlier this y
U.S. Representative Ed Whitfield (KY-01), is pleased to announce grants to three area fire departments from the Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency in cooperation with the U.S. Fire Administration.
The Kentucky Department of Revenue has set the 2015 State Real Property Tax Rate at 12.2 cents per $100 of assessed value. Kentucky Revised Statute 132.020 requires the Department of Revenue to set the real property rate no later than July 1 of each year.
"Today, as a result of a lawsuit filed by my office and 22 other states, the United States Supreme Court ruled that the EPA acted unreasonably when it failed to consider costs in developing a new regulation that would have required existing power plants to retrofit their systems at great expense to Kentucky ratepayers and businesses. These regulations would have raised utility rates and cost Kentucky jobs.
House Energy and Power Subcommittee Chairman Ed Whitfield (KY-01) and House Energy and Commerce Chairman Fred Upton (MI-06) issued the following statement regarding the Supreme Court’s decision on the EPA’s Mercury and Air Toxics (MATS) rule.
Gov. Steve Beshear today announced nearly $1 million in grants have been awarded to 55 Community Early Childhood Councils (CECCs) covering 84 Kentucky counties to promote school readiness for children. Twenty-seven additional councils covering 33 counties have been invited to apply for the remaining funds of more than $280,000 bringing the total award to more than $1.25 million
Attorney General Conway & Lexington Mayor Jim Gray Announce Funding for Affordable Housing

WASHINGTON, D.C. – September 25, 2013 – (RealEstateRama) — Attorney General Conway and Lexington Mayor Jim Gray today announced that more than $750,000 will be provided to Lexington initiatives that help displaced families, prevent foreclosures and create affordable housing. The Office of the Attorney General provided funds it recovered after settling a lawsuit with Lender Processing Services, Inc. (LPS) and two of its subsidiaries over allocations of “robo-signed” mortgage loan default servicing documents. more »

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