KET Facing Staff, Program Reductions

From Kentucky Public Radio’s Tony McVeigh Kentucky Educational Television is taking a major hit under Governor Steve Beshear’s budget-balancing plan. Education Secretary Helen Mountjoy says KET is a member of the 18 percent club, meaning its budget has already been cut 18-percent this calendar year. Now it’s facing another four-percent cut. “They’re probably going to […]

Deadline for Kentucky Agencies to Submit Budget Cuts is Today

From Kentucky Public Radio’s Tony McVeigh It’s D-Day for state agencies in Kentucky, which must report how they intend to reduce their budgets by four-percent. Proposed cuts could affect the Department of Veterans Affairs. Veterans Affairs Director Les Beavers sees no way to reduce his agency’s budget by four-percent without furloughs or layoffs. And he […]

Forecast: Kentucky Revenues Plummeting

From Kentucky Public Radio’s Tony McVeigh More bad economic news out of Frankfort, as a panel of economic experts revises downward, the revenue estimates on which Kentucky’s budget is based. The Consensus Forecasting Group believes the state could be facing a $456 million deficit this fiscal year, which is worse than the $294 million predicted […]

State Revenues To Be Discussed

From Kentucky Public Radio’s Tony McVeigh Projected state revenue shortfalls are behind two meetings of a panel of economic experts who advise Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear and legislative leaders. The first of those meetings is today. Two weeks ago, Governor Beshear warned the state is facing “an ominous future,” because of an almost 300-million dollar […]