Matt Bevin signature
2016 Annual Report

A fresh start
Year One

"And the question we have to ask ourselves is …how is it that we are going to become the greatest version of who we are? How will we move from where we are to some greater version still as we move into the future?"

Matt Bevin
Inaugural address, December 8, 2015

Strengthening Kentucky's
Financial Foundation

Passed a fiscally conservative budget that makes a historic commitment to our ailing pension system and restores fiscal responsibility in state government

  • More than $1.2 billion to shore up shortfalls in the Kentucky Employees Retirement System and the Kentucky Teacher's Retirement System
  • Created Permanent Fund for pensions
  • Protected the SEEK formula while holding the per-pupil funding harmless from any reduction
  • Dedicated all available lottery proceeds entirely to education, as originally promised to Kentuckians
  • Redirected an unprecedented amount of coal severance funds back to the counties and communities where the coal industry has been hit hardest
  • Invested in infrastructure for the future

Growing Kentucky's
Economy

21,200
New Jobs Announced

Jobs

$5,076,652,600
New Investment Announced

Investment

342
New/Expanded Facilities

Projects

$26.8 billion
In New Exports
(Through November 2016)

Exports

The Governor’s Goal: To make Kentucky the hub of manufacturing and engineering excellence in America - Read More

Launched the Red Tape Reduction Initiative to cut through the "red tape" of excessive and complex regulatory burdens.
RedTapeReduction.com

This will reduce a least 1/3 of the amount of government bureaucracy affecting Kentucky businesses, thus making the Commonwealth more family, employee and business friendly.

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Have been targeted for amendment
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Have Been Amended
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Have been targeted for repeal
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Have Been Repealed
 

P3 Legislation

Kentucky now allows public-private partnerships to increase the number of public improvement projects in Kentucky at a time when government monies are scarce.

View a story on P3 from the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce

 

State Park Upgrades

Kentucky State Parks are undergoing renovations for improved safety and more attractive aesthetics.

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Creating A
healthier Kentucky

Governor Bevin is working to improve the health of Kentuckians on a variety of fronts.

 

Kentucky Health

Kentucky HEALTH will help improve health outcomes while ensuring the long term viability of the Medicaid program.

OP-ED: A Transformative Medicaid Plan

Protecting and Strengthening
our Communities

Informed Consent
The Governor signed "Informed Consent" legislation

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Abandoned Infants
Churches are now recognized as “safe havens” where unwanted babies can be dropped off without fear of parents beng criminally charged
Foster Children
Foster children aging out of foster care will now get support

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Vulnerable Victims
Laws have been tightened to protect children and the most vulnerable adults from abuse
Sexual Assault Victims
Funds were provided to clear the backlog of rape evidence kits

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Good Samaritans
A new law provides civil immunity for a person who damages a vehicle to protect a child from imminent danger
A Second Chance
Non-violent felons who have paid their debt to society will now be given a second chance

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Criminal Justice Reform
The Governor created a council to seek a stronger and fairer system of justice

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Substance Abuse
The Governor fully funded anti-heroin legislation and created a program to combat substance abuse

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Infant Nutrition
The Governor signed "Noah’s Law" that extends health care coverage to include an amino-based formula that some infants need to thrive

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Investing In
Education & Workforce

Work Ready Skills Initiative

Established the Work Ready Skills Initiative, a $100 million statewide bond program aimed at developing a highly trained, modernized workforce in the Commonwealth to meet the needs of employers and promote sustainable incomes for Kentuckians.

"Kentucky Trained. Kentucky Built." Apprenticeship Campaign

It is Gov. Bevin’s desire to make Kentucky the manufacturing hub of excellence in America. Therefore, this administration recognizes the value of apprenticeships and their ability to help Kentuckians achieve this goal. That is why Gov. Bevin recently launched the “Kentucky Trained. Kentucky Built.” apprenticeship campaign. While a significant number of employers in Kentucky already realize the potential in apprenticeships, this initiative seeks to devote more resources and identify new industries where apprenticeships can play a pivotal role. By re-commiting ourselves to fully embracing the power of apprenticeships, we are placing ourselves in the best position to move Kentucky forward.

Dual credit scholarship program

Launched new Dual Credit Scholarship Program, which has already increased dual credit coursework by 50 percent among our highschoolers.

Serving Those
Who Serve Us

For years, those who serve our communities have not been properly recognized for their efforts. Thanks to Gov. Bevin, that oversight is being corrected.

Police
Police Departments
STATE TROOPERS AND CORRECTIONAL OFFICERS HAVE RECEIVED PAY RAISES AND AN INCREASE IN KLEFPF TRAINING FUNDS. AUTHORIZED OFF-DUTY AND RETIRED PEACE OFFICERS ARE NOW ALLOWED TO CARRY CONCEALED FIREARMS AT ANY LOCATION WHERE ON-DUTY OFFICERS CAN CARRY FIREARMS. LOCAL GOVERNMENTS NOW HAVE MORE FLEXIBILITY IN WORK SCHEDULES OF PEACE OFFICERS.
Social Workers
Social Workers
THOSE HELPING OUR MOST VULNERABLE CITIZENS HAVE BEEN GIVEN PAY RAISES.
Transportation Cabinet
Transportation Cabinet
Maintenance workers have been granted pay raises.
Fire Department
Fire Departments
Several administrative burdens have been lifted from smaller fire departments in Kentucky.
EMTs
Emergency Medical Technicians
Survivors of emergency medical services personnel killed in the line of duty are now eligible for the same death benefits provided to police and firefighters.

Highlights of the
Bevin Administration: Year One

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