Proposal to Repay Federal Loan Interest Could Save Kentucky Employers From Extra Fees

A deal to help Kentucky repay a federal loan is officially on the table. During the recession, the commonwealth borrowed more than $900 million from the federal government to shore up the unemployment insurance fund. In 2010, the General Assembly approved a plan to repay the debt over time. But when that measure passed, lawmakers […]

After Years of Debate, Charter Schools Bill Gets First Hearing

After several years, a bill allowing charter schools in Kentucky has received a hearing in a House committee. Advocates for and against the measure spent this morning debating the merits of the education reform in the capitol. Charter school administrators from other states joined Rep. Brad Montell, the bill’s sponsor, and Kentucky Chamber of Commerce president […]

Kentucky Trade Delegation Returns From China

In recent years, China has surpassed the United States in how much coal it burns for electricity. But China is also investing a lot of money in technology to burn the coal more cleanly. That’s the conclusions from a Kentucky trade delegation that just returned from a 10-day trip to Shanghai, Beijing and Inner Mongolia. […]

State Chamber President Backs Workplace Smoking Ban

The president of the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce has thrown his support behind a proposed statewide smoking ban in the workplace. Dave Adkisson testified before a legislative panel in Frankfort today. He says ten years ago, it would have been unthinkable for the chamber to take such a position. “The business community now sees the […]

Kentucky Chamber Issues State Progress Report

By Rick Howlett The Kentucky Chamber of Commerce says the commonwealth is seeing gains most of the areas that make up the foundation of its strategic plan for improving the state. That’s according to a progress report issued Monday during the chamber’s annual economic summit in Louisville. “(The areas are) education, government modernization, health and […]

Chamber of Commerce Survey Finds Hopeful Business Owners

A recent survey by the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce finds companies are feeling hopeful about the future of the economy.   The electronic survey was sent to 1,600 businesses, and 250 completed the survey.  Chamber President and CEO Dave Adkisson says it included questions about how their business was faring in the economy, and about […]