Kentucky

A commission tasked with coming up with elements of a new tax code for Kentucky held its second meeting in Frankfort Tuesday. The group is chaired by Lieutenant Governor Jerry Abramson and is made up of business leaders from across the state.

The Office of the Budget Director for the State of Kentucky says General Fund receipts were up significantly last month. State Budget Director Mary Lassiter says General Fund receipts grew 8.4 percent in March, compared to March of last year.

The Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet  says jobless rates declined in 114 of the state’s counties from January of last year to January of 2012. State officials say Woodford County had the lowest unemployment rate in the state, at 6.9 percent. Webster, Fayette, Union, Oldham, and Henderson Counties are among those listed with relatively low rates, ranging from 7.2 to 7.9 percent.

As the death toll rises across the country, Kentucky Emergency Management has confirmed that at least twelve people were killed in the bluegrass state by Friday's outbreak of severe weather and tornadoes.

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