Mark Payne, LINK nky

Mark Payne, LINK nky

Mark Payne is the government and politics reporter for LINK nky.

Kochs’ ‘dark money’ group pushing to repeal Kentucky’s certificate of need health care law

By: - July 17, 2023

A libertarian-leaning national conservative group known for its connections to the Koch brothers and its “dark money” network is weighing in on the certificate of need debate expected to heat up in Kentucky as some seek to repeal or reform the decades-long program.  The Koch brothers, David and Charles, controlled Koch Industries, an energy conglomerate […]

NKU faculty seeks open presidential search, accountability for budget deficit

By: - May 8, 2023

Northern Kentucky University’s Faculty Senate passed a resolution last week that seeks, via a statement, to improve the relationship with the university’s board of regents but also heavily criticizes the board for its role in the public university’s $25 million deficit that has led to staffing and program cuts. “There is some criticism in that […]

How one Northern Kentucky family prepares for potential passage of ‘anti-trans’ legislation

By: - March 29, 2023

This article is republished from Link NKY. When Nancy Bardgett’s daughter came out as transgender, she was thankful that Jordan was able to receive the care she needed.  In addition to having a supportive family, Jordan, a student at Northern Kentucky University at the time, received mental-health support.  “She had supportive friends and she sought […]

Unraveling Northern Kentucky University’s almost $25 million deficit, sudden leadership change

By: - January 24, 2023

This article is republished from LINK nky. When Northern Kentucky University announced former President Ashish Vaidya’s sudden departure in November, representatives said it wasn’t due to the large budget deficit found in the last half of 2022. That’s not the case, according to Faculty Senate President John Farrar. He said Vaidya’s departure relates to NKU’s […]