Politics

Budget Now Heads to the House
4:18 pm
Fri March 30, 2012

State Senate Passes Budget Bill

The Kentucky Senate has approved a two year, $19 billion state budget that includes sharp cuts to most goverment programs and agencies. The plan was approved this afternoon, by a vote of 36 to 1 and will now go the the House of Representatives for consideration.

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Politics
10:46 am
Fri March 30, 2012

Full House to Consider Effort to Help Kentucky Pay Back Unemployment Insurance Loan

The Kentucky Senate has passed an amended bill that would help the state repay interest on a federal unemployment insurance loan. And despite concerns that the Senate amendments would derail the proposal, the bill’s original House sponsor has agreed to the changes.

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Politics
2:52 pm
Thu March 29, 2012

Compromise Found on Restarting Kentucky Tax Amnesty

Kentucky lawmakers seem to have reached an agreement on a bill to restart a tax amnesty program. The program allows Kentuckians with delinquent taxes to apply for reduced payments. Governor Steve Beshear proposed the program to help raise revenue.

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University discrimination policies
9:10 am
Thu March 29, 2012

Tennessee Debates Whether Campus Groups Should Have to Accept All-Comers

The debate in the Tennessee legislature follows a controversy at Vanderbilt.

Tennessee lawmakers are looking at legislation that would prevent state universities from extending non-discrimination policies to campus religious groups.  A Tennessee Senate committee has unanimously approved a bill what would forbid the University of Tennessee and the Tennessee Board of Regents Systems from applying non-discrimination rules to faith-based campus organizations.

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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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Politics
2:51 pm
Wed March 28, 2012

Budget Talks Bog Down Legislative Session

Budget talks in Frankfort appear to have stalled.  Lawmakers have met for three straight days, usually twice a day, to resolve differences between budget proposals passed by the House and Senate.   However, there are firm disagreements over school construction, cuts to the governor’s office and coal severance projects.  House Speaker Greg Stumbo says the Senate isn’t compromising on those issues, so the potential to deliver a budget on time is in danger.

“If they continue to hold to their position that it’s my way or the highway, here we go down that highway again,” he says.

Another Amendment
12:02 pm
Wed March 28, 2012

Senate Takes Second Shot at Road Plans

Sen.Ernie Harris
LRC

The Kentucky Senate Transportation Committee has amended the state road plan a second time. The committee met Wednesday morning to update and pass a two-year and a six-year road plan.

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Politics
11:26 am
Wed March 28, 2012

Kentucky Lawmakers At Odds Over Oil Subsidies

Kentucky Congressman John Yarmuth says it’s time to end all federal subsidies to oil companies.  The Louisville Democrat has introduced legislation to return the savings to consumers. 

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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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Owensboro's "Blue Bridge"
4:01 pm
Tue March 27, 2012

Kentucky's Half of Bridge Money Still Contained in Road Bill

Money to repaint Owensboro’s Glover H. Cary bridge is still included in the state’s two-year road plan. The $3.5 billion  plan passed the Senate Transportation Committee this week and is expected to clear the full Senate by Friday.

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