The partnership between Louisville and Lexington known as BEAM—the Bluegrass Economic Advancement Movement—will begin to take shape soon. This afternoon, Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer and Lexington Mayor Jim Gray will announce the BEAM board and lead the first board meeting. BEAM has a goal—to attract businesses and jobs to Kentucky, mostly in the manufacturing sector.… Continue reading BEAM Board Will Be Named Today
The Louisville Metro Council’s ad hoc committee on redistricting met on Monday. Committee members agreed there’s a lot of work to be done on redistricting if they want to meet their Sept. 8 goal. But so far no drafts have been made. “We’re all just doing this for the first time,” said Councilman Jim King… Continue reading Louisville Begins Redistricting
Louisville Metro Council President Jim King is asking his colleagues if they plan to participate in Mayor Greg Fischer’s recommended furloughs for city employees. As part of his plan to fill a $22.5 million shortfall, Fischer ordered a one week unpaid furlough for all nonunion city employees who make more than $70,000 a year. All… Continue reading King Hopes Council Members Will Volunteer for Furloughs
The Government Accountability and Ethics committee will review the allocation process at its meeting Wednesday. Committee chair Tina Ward-Pugh has asked the city’s internal auditor and chief financial officer to attend and discuss any potential changes to how the money is accounted for.
On Thursday, the Louisville Metro Ethics Commission will hold a hearing on a complaint against Metro Councilwoman Judy Green. Green is accused of using a city-funded summer jobs program to benefit members of her family. The commission could also take up other charges related to the misuse of Neighborhood Development Funds.
The accusations have led the council and the mayor’s office to take a new look at how those funds are monitored.
Louisville Metro Council President Jim King is calling on the Ethics Commission to add the latest allegations against Councilwoman Judy Green to the existing ethics complaint against her.
When he created the so-called Merger 2.0 panel, Mayor Greg Fischer said he would ask Metro Council President Jim King to appoint four council members: two from the old city and two from the old county. Further, Fischer asked for at least one Republican to be appointed.
In previous years, Mayor Abramson drafted the budget, then presented it to the council for revisions. Council President Jim King says Mayor Fischer has expressed an interest in working with the council even in the early stages of the budget.
King will serve opposite Mayor Greg Fischer. The two were rivals in last year’s Democratic primary for the mayor’s office, but King doesn’t see that as a problem.
Louisville Metro Councilwoman Tina Ward-Pugh will not seek the council presidency next year. That means Councilman and former mayoral candidate Jim King will likely win the office.