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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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Politics
8:16 am
Tue March 27, 2012

Kentucky Lawmakers May Change How New Ohio River Bridges are Funded

An artist's rendering of the proposed Ohio River bridges project

The Kentucky Senate is proposing a change in funding for the Ohio River Bridges Project. Governor Steve Beshear's road budget calls for $50 million in spending on new bridges and reconfigured highway interchanges in Louisville. Both the House and Beshear favor using a mix of bonds and federal highway maintenance funds to do so.

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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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Talks Underway in Frankfort
12:31 pm
Mon March 26, 2012

Negotiators Start Talks over State Budget

Negotiators for the Senate and House have started talks to work out disagreements on spending priorities for a new state budget in Kentucky. A group of Representatives and Senators held their initial meeting this morning on the two year, 19.5 billion dollar budget.

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Kentucky's Next Budget
10:00 am
Fri March 23, 2012

Kentucky House Speaker Predicts Easy Compromise on Budget Plan

House Speaker Greg Stumbo says his chamber's priorities for the next two-year budget are not that different from the Senate's. Both chambers have passed their own budget bills for each branch of state government. The two sides must now work out a compromise. Stumbo says he doesn’t have many concerns with the Senate's changes and he expects a conference committee to hatch a compromise quickly.

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