The Kentucky Senate Thursday afternoon approved an ambitious road construction plan that will next head to the House for final passage. The package includes $3.5 billion worth of construction projects over the next two years. The Senate voted 37-0 in favor of the measure.
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.
The Amish are now exempt from a longstanding requirement that they attach orange signs to their horse-drawn buggies. Governor Steve Beshear signed a bill into law Wednesday that allows the Amish to use white or silver reflective tape on their buggies rather than the traditional slow-moving-vehicle emblems that they rejected to on religious grounds.
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.
A WKU political analyst says voters should brace themselves for a rough general election battle this fall. Political Science Professor Scott Lasley says with Rick Santorum out of the Republican primary, Mitt Romney and President Obama can focus on something they had already started to do—blaming the other person’s ideology for the current condition of the economy.
Rick Santorum says he is "suspending" his presidential campaign. At a news conference this afternoon in Gettysburg, the former Pennsylvania Senator said his White House run "is over for me." Today's move all but ensures Mitt Romney will become the GOP contender against President Obama this fall. NPR will have details about Santorum's move and the fallout in upcoming newscasts, and during All Things Considered, from 3-6pm central time.
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.
President Barack Obama's re-election campaign has opened its first office in Kentucky. The Bluegrass State has never been a priority for the president, not in his 2008 bid and not now. But spokesman Frank Benenati says the president is serious about competing in all fifty states.