City Faces $6 Million Deficit, Humana CEO to Retire, Palin Endorses P’Pool: Afternoon Review

In case you started the weekend early, here are some of the stories we’ve covered today that you may have missed.

Louisville Metro Government is facing a $6 million deficit based on early revenue projections. The shortfall exists despite higher receipts in the first three months of the fiscal year.

Humana president Mike McCallister has announced his retirement after 38 years with the company. He will step down within the next 18 months.

And former Alaska Governor and vice-presidential nominee Sarah Palin has endorsed Republican Todd P’Pool for Kentucky attorney general. The P’Pool campaign has released robocalls in which Palin urges voters to support P’Pool and mispronounces his last name.

Rogers Confident “Super Committee” Deficit Plan Can Pass

By Dan Conti, Kentucky Public Radio If the so-called “super committee” comes up with a plan to reduce the federal debt by more than a trillion dollars, House Appropriations Chairman Hal Rogers, R-Ky., thinks it will get through both chambers of Congress. The congressman offered his take on the controversial 12-member panel of House and […]

Clark County Departments Are Slow to Respond

The deadline for Clark County, Indiana departments to respond to how they will stay within budget was Friday. And not every department turned in a written response to the county auditor’s office. When County Attorney Greg Fifer sent an internal memo asking for the commissioners to deny any request to pay bills or payroll, the […]

Indiana’s Clark County Faces Possible Layoffs

Clark County, Indiana continues to struggle with a $1.2 million dollar deficit. Now, the council must decide on Monday how to prevent layoffs to municipal employees. Clark County Attorney Greg Fifer sent an internal memo on Tuesday asking for the commissioners to deny any request to pay claims or payroll at their Thursday meeting because […]

Yarmuth Discusses Budget Debate on MSNBC

Calling the debt ceiling issue one of the simplest decisions Congress can make, U.S. Rep. John Yarmuth, D-Ky., made an appearance on MSNBC’s “The Daily Rundown” to discuss his views the Democratic and Republican plans to reduce the national debt and deficit. Check it out: Yarmuth continued his harsh criticism of the proposal submitted by […]

Commonwealth's Attorneys' Offices Closed This Week

Most of the employees in Kentucky’s Commonwealth’s Attorneys offices are on unpaid furlough this week.  Governor Steve Beshear ordered budget cuts to the department, which led to the furlough week.  It’s a move to help offset the state’s budget deficit. Jefferson County Commonwealth’s Attorney David Stengel says his staff is already carrying heavy caseloads, and […]

Tax Hikes On Cigarettes, Alcohol Win Final Approval

From Kentucky Public Radio’s Tony McVeigh The 2009 Kentucky General Assembly is increasing taxes on alcohol and cigarettes to address an almost haf-billion dollar shortfall in the state budget. After passing the House 66-34 earlier this week, the tax bill moved to the Senate, where 23 votes were needed for passage. It got 24, including […]

Budget Bill Moves To Kentucky Senate Floor

From Kentucky Public Radio’s Tony McVeigh Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear made an early morning appearance before the Senate Appropriations and Revenue committee. He was there to urge passage of the tax bill that cleared the House Wednesday 66-34. Beshear says the measure protects his top priorities – education, human services and public safety. “Senate leadership, […]