Economy

Economy
2:23 pm
Mon September 10, 2012

Flat Growth in Kentucky Budget Causing Some Concerns

Kentucky budget officials say they are paying close attention to revenue as the state budget sees a flat growth at the start of the fiscal year. Budget director Mary Lassiter says in her monthly briefing that August revenues ticked up, helping make up 2 percent of losses in July. But that leaves revenues flat, while forecasters had expected an almost 3 percent growth this year.

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Economy
1:49 pm
Mon September 10, 2012

Tennessee Economics Official to Join Mitt Romney's Campaign

Tennessee’s top economic development officer is taking a temporary leave from his job to help Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign. Bill Hagerty will join the GOP election effort through November 6.

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Economy /Court Furloughs
7:26 am
Mon September 3, 2012

Courthouses in Kentucky to Close for Furlough Day

Warren County Justice Center in Bowling Green, KY
WKU Public Radio

Courthouses across the state of Kentucky will be closed on September 4th,  as the Kentucky Judicial Branch shuts down for the second of three furlough days in 2012.

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Economy
5:00 am
Mon September 3, 2012

Kentucky Lawmakers Discuss Declining Coal Revenue

Kentucky lawmakers will be briefed this week on the state’s ailing coal severance tax fund.  The office of the state budget director will update lawmakers of the fund’s future on Wednesday during a regularly scheduled meeting of the interim committee on natural resources and environment. 

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Economy /Unemployment Benefits
8:05 am
Sat September 1, 2012

Active Job Search now Required for Unemployment Benefits in Tennessee

Effective September 1st, anyone claiming unemployment benefits in the state of Tennessee will be required to show that they are actively looking for work.  A work search log must be maintained to verify the job-seeking activity.

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Economy
3:33 pm
Fri August 31, 2012

Lawmakers Will Get Update on Struggling Coal Tax Fund

Kentucky lawmakers will be briefed next week on the state’s ailing coal severance tax fund. The office of the state budget director will update the lawmakers of the fund’s future on Wednesday, during a regularly scheduled meeting of the interim committee on natural resources and environment.

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Economy /Foreclosures
2:48 pm
Wed August 29, 2012

Legislative Task Force Hears about Foreclosures in Kentucky

Representative Joni Jenkins

The General Assembly’s House Task Force on Foreclosures has been meeting this week in Frankfort, to get updated information on the national foreclosure situation  and its impact in Kentucky.

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Economy /Unemployment
1:11 pm
Thu August 23, 2012

Jobless Rates Increase in Kentucky in July, But Decline in Many Counties for the Year

Workers on the job in Warren County,Kentucky
WKU Public Radio

The Kentucky Office of Employment and Training says jobless rates across the Bluegrass State  have declined in the past year in 97 counties. However, the jobless rate increased last month to 8.3 percent. The figures are an indication of the uncertain outlook for employment.

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Economy
4:31 pm
Wed August 22, 2012

WKU Economist Says It's Difficult to Predict Gasoline Prices

Dr. Brian Goff speaks at Noon Rotary Club in Bowling Green
WKU Public Radio

The cost of gasoline is having an impact on the lives of people across the state and nation, but experts say it can be very hard to determine why prices seem to fluctuate so quickly. Dr. Brian Goff is an economist with WKU's Center for Applied Economics.  He says many consumers are unaware of the influence inventories can have on the price at the pump.

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Economy /"Troubling Signs"
11:30 am
Sun August 19, 2012

WKU Economics Professor says Economy is "Troubling"

Dr. Brian Strow in WKU Public Radio Studios
WKU Public Radio

WKU Economics Professor Brian Strow says the slow growth rate of the U.S. Economy is a troubling sign. The B.B.&T Chair for the Study of Capitalism at Western Kentucky University says the economy should be growing at a significantly higher rate at this point.

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