Pension Reform: Funding Our Future

Senator Joe Bowen (R, Owensboro) filed Senate Bill 1, the much anticipated pension reform bill that seeks to put Kentucky on a path to fiscal solvency and benefit sustainability. SENATOR JOE BOWEN FILES PENSION REFORM MEASURE AS SENATE BILL 1… Read More

Majority Leader Jonathan Shell Receives 2017 Champions for Children Award

FRANKFORT, Ky. (September 18, 2017) – This week, Kentucky House Majority Leader Jonathan Shell received the Champions for Children Mary Ellen Award from Prevent Child Abuse Kentucky. Shell received the award because of his leadership on several pieces of legislation… Read More

Pension reforms will uphold commitments and make same changes to legislative system, Leader Shell says

Ahead of details being released on a plan for pension reforms expected this fall, House Majority Leader Jonathan Shell says legislative leadership and the Bevin administration are getting close to a plan on pension reforms and are currently meeting with… Read More

Essential skills education critical for Kentucky workforce, House Leader Shell says

With Kentucky employers struggling to find qualified individuals to fill the jobs they have available, House Majority Leader Jonathan Shell tells The Bottom Line he will continue to push legislation that would provide essential skills education in the state. Essential… Read More

Rep. Shell, Sen. Alvarado, and Budget Director Chilton to appear on panel at Chamber Tax Summit

House Majority Leader Jonathan Shell, State Senator Ralph Alvarado and State Budget Director John Chilton will participate in a panel discussion on how the state should move forward with tax reform at the Kentucky Chamber’s inaugural Tax Summit. The panel,… Read More

From Jonathan: Working in earnest to save our pension systems

The status of Kentucky’s pension systems is dire. A large, unfunded liability leaves our state with a crisis that could negatively impact every part of state government if not dealt with as soon as possible. This includes the basic and necessary priorities of state… Read More

Working together: County consortium holds tour for state economic development secretary

A tour of Madison County’s land and available opportunities was given Thursday to Kentucky’s Economic Development secretary as part of an initiative by the three local governments in the county to come together to increase economic opportunity. The three governments… Read More

From Jonathan: Drug scourge demands further attention

Appalachia, as well as the state and nation at large, are facing an epidemic like no other — opioid addiction. So much so that President Trump recently officially declared the opioid epidemic to be a national emergency. It is welcome news… Read More

House Majority Floor Leader Jonathan Shell shares his ideas on 2018 priorities

House Majority Floor Leader Jonathan Shell isn’t sure what will be on the table when a special session is called to tackle tax and pension reform. But, he does have ideas on what he sees as a priority for the… Read More

Shell attends ribbon cutting for EKU’s Lancaster Center

EKU News release LANCASTER —Eastern Kentucky University’s Lancaster Center, located on the city’s courthouse square, held its ribbon cutting and grand opening ceremony on Tuesday, April 25, in celebration of the newly renovated facility. Many supporters of the restoration project… Read More