Washington, D.C. – House Republicans have agreed on a bill to buy out tobacco farmers. The government would put about ten billion dollars into the five year buy out program. In return, tobacco producers would give up a depression era system that has propped up the price of leaf through quotas.
Frankfort, KY – Kentucky's Homeland Security Director says he would like to have more exemptions to the state's Open Records Act. Erwin Roberts, who heads the Office of Homeland Security, says documents such as vulnerability assessments shouldn't be accessible to the public. Roberts made the statements to an Interim Legislative Committee in Frankfort.
Frankfort, KY – The Kentucky Department for Employment Services says jobless rates dropped in 97 counties in the most recent study of the state's job situation. For April of this year, six counties still had jobless rates above ten percent. However, in April of 2003, seventeen counties recorded double digit unemployment rates.
Frankfort, KY – The Education Assessment and Accountability Review Subcommittee has approved a study which will focus on the Commonwealth Accountability Testing System. CATS replaced the KIRIS system and was fully implemented in Kentucky in 2002.
Frankfort, KY – Governor Fletcher wants a judge to suspend a lawsuit that would test whether he can spend state money without an enacted budget. The lawsuit was filed last week by Attorney General Greg Stumbo. In papers filed in Frankfort today, the Fletcher Administration says the suit was premature.
The Administration argues that the state budget doesn't expire until June 30th. A hearing on the request to suspend Stumbo's suit is set for next week in Franklin County Circuit Court.