Governor Beshear wants to shift second-year funds forward to balance the Medicaid budget, and make up any second year deficits with savings from managed care. The Democratically-controlled House agrees with his plan, but the Republican-controlled Senate wants across-the-board cuts to state agencies, including education. House Republicans oppose cuts to education. The debate is dominating the waning days of the legislative session.
City officials have previously said they do not plan to put any money toward repairing the pavilion.
Madigan says the pavilion deserves money from the city, because it has generated rental income for Metro Parks for years.
According to a report from the Mortgage Bankers Association, foreclosures and delinquencies are on the decline nationwide, but they have not dropped enough locally to put either state below the national trend.
Rural areas often see the effects of altered spending first. Of course, Louisville benefits from federal spending as well. Many previously-proud earmark earners say now is the time to end the process and close the deficit. Others, however, argue that in times of recession, a balanced budget should not be a high priority.
After 15 years of operation, the Amazing Grace natural food store in Louisville’s Highlands neighborhood will close.
Owner Paul Koenig says there are two related factors that led to his store’s demise. The first is the recession. The second is the ability for big box stores like Wal-Mart and Target to undersell him on items that used to be hard to find.
Legislation to allow advertising on the sides of school buses is before the Kentucky House of Representatives. Earlier this week, the House Education Committee voted to allow the ads to help raise money for schools.
A similar law in Texas allows up to three ads on each bus. Pike county representative Leslie Combs supports the concept.
The plan involves moving $166 million from the second year of the Medicaid budget to the current year. Any second-year shortfall will be covered by savings from managed care, says State Budget Director Mary Lassiter.
In Louisville, organizer Stephen Reily says changing the way people eat means putting locally-produced food on the table in homes, restaurants and school cafeterias. He says that will require better logistics and infrastructure—the city needs a distribution system for local food as well as local slaughterhouses and centers to clean and process food.
The region ranks ninth from the bottom in a measurement of job growth in the 372 largest metro areas. Most of the cities added jobs last year, but Louisville and the surrounding area lost 75 hundred. That follows a decade when more than 30 thousand jobs were lost.
The fund has no specific goal, but officials say they want to match last year’s raised total of $8 million. Slightly less than 15% of the funds will go toward administrative and fundraising costs. The rest will go to various arts groups.