State Agency That Serves the Blind Considering Budget Cuts

From Stu Johnson, Kentucky Public Radio A cash-strapped Kentucky Office for the Blind is considering some cost-cutting measures. If adopted, some of the 400 people assisted by the agency will receive less tuition assistance, fewer cataract surgeries, and find it harder to qualify for state-provided services. Spokeswoman Allison Jessee says the proposed policy changes will […]

Kentucky Court Employees Will Be Furloughed for Three Days

For the first time in a generation, Kentucky courts will temporarily close due to budget cuts. All state court employees will be furloughed on August 6, September 4, and October 15 of this year. Chief Justice John Minton says except for holidays, this will be the first time since 1976 that the courts have closed. […]

Beshear Orders Two Percent Cuts to State Spending

Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear is ordering most state agencies to cut their budgets by two percent for the current fiscal year, but that will not be enough to close a $190 million budget shortfall. The decision was announced by State Budget Director Mary Lassiter at a joint budget committee meeting Tuesday. The plan will not […]

Yarmuth Secures $1.1 Million for YouthBuild

Joined by community organizers and city officials , U.S. Rep. John Yarmuth, D-Ky., presented YouthBuild Louisville with $1.1 million in federal funding that will be used to help at-risk teenagers enroll in college and find jobs over the summer. The alternative program offers individuals aged 16-24 with job training for in-demand industry careers nationwide. Locally […]

Brightside, GOP Leaders Clear Air Over Budget Memo

Leaders with Louisville Metro Government’s Brightside and Metro Council Republicans have made peace after disagreeing over a WFPL news story that had the quasi-government agency reeling over possible funding cuts. A memorandum drafted by GOP members outlined their spending priorities for the city budget. The minority caucus recommended making cuts to any area which they […]

Rogers Proposes $45.7 Billion in Federal Spending Cuts

Setting up another budget battle for the coming fiscal year, U.S. Rep. Hal Rogers, R-Ky., chairman of the House Appropriations Committee, has offered a bill that proposes cutting another $45.7 billion from domestic spending and foreign aid. The plan would slash almost every area of the federal government except for defense spending, which would give […]

Daniels: Schools Could Face More Cuts Unless Economy Improves

Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels says he’s focused on preserving the Hoosier State’s fiscal solvency from now until the next General Assembly writes a new two-year budget. Daniels says Indiana is on track to exhaust its $1 billion budget surplus by the end of the current budget cycle in June of next year, but is in […]

Four Southern Indiana Schools To Close

By Rick Howlett The New Albany-Floyd County Board of Education has voted to close four elementary schools in the district. Galena, Silver Street and Pine View Elementary and Children’s Academy of New Albany will shut down at the end of the current school year, with students reassigned to other schools next year. It’s part of […]

Fund for the Arts Launches Public Campaign

The Louisville Fund for the Arts launched the public period of its annual fundraising campaign today. WFPL’s Elizabeth Kramer has details. A string of arts groups and artists performed in a showcase at the Brown Theatre marking the launch of this last leg of the Fund’s current campaign. It’s raised more than $4 million so […]