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.

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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