This week, I had the opportunity to testify in front of the Tobacco Oversight Committee about how we’re saving Kentucky’s tobacco Master Settlement Agreement (MSA) payments. I joined Governor Steve Beshear last month in announcing a crucial settlement that fully restores Kentucky’s MSA payment for 2014 and will result in a net gain of $57 million for Kentucky.
The settlement is one our state can be proud of, and it is great news for our farmers, communities, and health advocates. Millions of dollars of MSA funds are used across Kentucky to increase farm income, invest in early childhood development programs, and fund public health initiatives. This settlement will allow our Commonwealth to continue supporting these imperative programs and services, benefiting Kentucky for decades to come. You can read more about the MSA settlement in my recent column here.
For all of the latest news from my office, make sure to check out our monthly newsletter, Kentucky General News. In it, you can learn more about an IRS phone scam targeting Kentuckians, the latest developments involving my office’s investigation into National College, and my recent visit to Chrysalis House with First Lady Jane Beshear. Kentucky General News is available here.
Finally, I enjoyed speaking with the Kentucky Magistrates and Commissioners Association and Kentucky County Judge Executives Association at their joint summer conference held in Louisville this week. We have many dedicated leaders serving the counties across our Commonwealth, and I was proud to update them on the great work that continues in the Office of the Attorney General.