Kentucky's General Fund receipts rise in August

FRANKFORT — Kentucky officials say the state's General Fund tax receipts increased 3.6% in August compared to a year ago.

State Budget Director John Chilton says total revenues for the month were $787.2 million, compared to $759.9 million during August 2018.

Chilton says for the first two months of this fiscal year, General Fund receipts increased 2.7%.

He says the rate of growth for General Fund receipts has moderated from prior-year levels.

The official revenue estimate for this fiscal year calls for revenue to increase 0.6% compared to actual receipts from last year.

Based on August results, General Fund revenues need to grow 0.3% for the remaining 10 months of the fiscal year to meet the official estimate.

Lawmakers will watch revenue trends closely when crafting a new state budget next year.

Paul: Most agree 30-day sentence not enough for attacker

FRANKFORT — U.S. Sen. Rand Paul says most people would think the attack he suffered from a former neighbor should be punished by more than 30 days in prison.

The Kentucky Republican went on WLAP radio Tuesday to comment on a federal appeals court's decision vacating the sentence given to his attacker, Rene Boucher.

The court on Monday found "no compelling justification" for a sentence so far below guidelines as 30 days.

Boucher tackled Paul in anger over a lawn maintenance issue along their property line, breaking six of Paul's ribs. Paul suffered bouts of pneumonia and underwent surgery to remove part of his damaged lung.

Federal prosecutors said 21 months would be a more appropriate sentence after Boucher pleaded guilty to assaulting a member of Congress.

Kentucky State Police announce victim advocacy initiative

ELIZABETHTOWN — Officials with Kentucky State Police say a new Victim Advocacy Program will provide needed support for crime victims.

A statement from the Justice and Public Safety Cabinet says details of the statewide initiative are being announced Thursday at the Kentucky State Police post in Elizabethtown.

Officials say 16 advocates are being hired and trained to assist crime victims and those involved with critical incidents by providing support during and after a crisis.

The statement says funding will come from the Victims of Crime Act and partnerships with statewide agencies.

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