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2:06 pm
Wed April 11, 2012

Bill Signed By Governor Beshear Strikes Compromise on Unemployment Insurance Tax

Governor Steve Beshear has signed into law a plan to save employers from federal unemployment insurance tax hikes. At his first ceremonial bill signing of the year, Beshear praised lawmakers and the business and labor communities for reaching a compromise.

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Politics
3:19 pm
Mon April 9, 2012

Two Education Bills Signed Into Law by Beshear, Other Measures Still On Hold

Governor Steve Beshear has signed more bills that passed the General Assembly this session. Lawmakers will return to Frankfort Thursday to try and override any potential vetoes, but so far, the governor hasn’t vetoed anything. He has, however, approved more than a dozen bills since lawmakers left Frankfort late last month.

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Coal Scholarships for 38 Counties
12:10 pm
Tue April 3, 2012

Fate of Kentucky Coal Scholarships Bill Uncertain

A bill to create a scholarship fund to help students from coal mining counties in Kentucky finish their education is once again in limbo. House Bill 260 would create a fund to give scholarships to college juniors and seniors who finish their degrees at schools in coal-producing counties.

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Politics
12:51 pm
Mon April 2, 2012

Kentucky Lawmakers Now Wait as Beshear Considers Vetoes

With budgets passed and lawmakers in recess, the focus in Frankfort is now on Governor Steve Beshear and his veto pen. A host of bills are on Beshear’s desk. The most important are budget bills for all three branches of government.

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Kentucky's Next Budget
1:18 pm
Thu March 29, 2012

New Money for Kentucky Preschool Cut From Current Budget Plan

An effort by Governor Steve Beshear to expand preschool services in the commonwealth did not make it into the final state budget.

Beshear put a $15 million appropriation for preschool in his budget proposal. The House cut that figure in half and funded other education programs with what was left. The Senate struck all the money, saying it wouldn't be right to expand some programs while slashing others.

And after days of budget talks, the Senate won the argument.

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Politics
8:17 am
Thu March 29, 2012

Kentucky Lawmakers Find Budget Compromise in Wee Hours of the Morning

After a night of discussions, Kentucky lawmakers have finally reached a budget agreement. Negotiations on a budget compromise began Monday. By Tuesday, talks had stalled. Lawmakers were unable to work out differences over funding school construction, paying for indigent care at University Hospital in Louisville and reducing bonded debt. House and Senate leaders resolved their differences shortly before 3 am today.

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Kentucky's Next Budget
8:25 am
Wed March 28, 2012

Stumbo Says New School Funding Issue Could Delay Budget Passage

Kentucky lawmakers continue to work on a budget compromise. Both chambers of the General Assembly have approved budget bills and a conference committee has been meeting since Monday to work out the differences. One major point of disagreement is funding for school construction.

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Education
1:43 pm
Tue March 27, 2012

Bill Would Give Local School Boards in Kentucky Power to Raise Dropout Age

Kentucky lawmakers are trying again to raise the state's dropout age. Currently, students can drop out of school at 16 years old with parents' permission. But lawmakers and Governor Steve Beshear have pushed to raise the dropout age to 18, regardless of parental consent.

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Politics
8:10 am
Tue March 27, 2012

Use of Coal Severance Tax Money Appears to be Major Hurdle for Kentucky Budget Negotiators

Kentucky lawmakers will spend much of the last full week of the legislative session trying to hatch a compromise on budget bills. So far, lawmakers have looked line by line at differences between the House and Senate budget plans. They're looking for changes one side or the other is willing to accept without debate.

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Compromise Deal in Doubt
4:43 am
Mon March 26, 2012

Appalachian Scholarship Compromise in Trouble

A proposal to create a scholarship fund for far eastern Kentucky college students could be in jeopardy. The Appalachian scholarship fund was intended as a compromise, after a measure to move the University of Pikeville into the state system couldn’t garner enough support. In the House’s version of the budget, lawmakers funded the scholarships with coal severance tax money.

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