House Leaders Defend Proposed Education Cuts

From Kentucky Public Radio’s Tony McVeigh Concerns are being raised about education cuts in the broad budget outline released last Thursday by Kentucky House leaders. The House budget plan unveiled last week rolls back two classroom days, for a savings of around $34 million per year over the next biennium. The proposal is drawing fire […]

Stumbo: House Close To Budget Deal

After weeks of behind-the-scenes work, Kentucky House leaders appear very close to agreement on a new state budget plan.  As expected, the first year of the budget is dependent on another round of federal stimulus dollars, says Speaker Greg Stumbo.  “All the indicators are, that there will be.  The President’s recommended it.  I sat with […]

Beshear Asks Lawmakers To Reconsider Expanded Gaming

Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear is making a new pitch for casino gambling. In a two-page letter to House members, Beshear urges lawmakers to reconsider his budget plan, based on 780-million dollars in revenue from video slots at horse tracks. The governor says his proposal is preferable to “a budget that relies on a hope and […]

Budget Talks To Intensify This Week

A new state budget remains the major focus of Kentucky lawmakers, as the 2010 legislative session enters its sixth week. House leaders want to move the budget from their chamber by early March, so efforts to craft an acceptable state spending plan are intensifying. House and Senate leaders are already sharing vital information, which is […]

Stumbo, Williams Comment On Secret Taping Dustup

Legislative leaders are weighing in on the secret videotaping of a state senator in her office in the annex of the State Capitol. A man accompanying Republican Jack Ditty last week secretly videotaped a meeting with Democratic Sen. Robin Webb. Webb defeated Ditty in a special election last year, and the two square off again […]

Legislative Budget Meetings Continue In Frankfort

Speaker Greg Stumbo says Kentucky House leaders should know by early next week what direction they plan to take on the state budget.  The leaders have been meeting behind the scenes to discuss various budget scenarios.  “And so hopefully by Friday afternoon, we’ll firm some of that up and we’ll be able to share it with […]

Kentucky Lawmakers Wrap Up Second Week Of Session

From Kentucky Public Radio’s Tony McVeigh Kentucky lawmakers are headed home for a long weekend, after wrapping up week two of the 2010 session. Monday is a legislative holiday in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Legislators return on Tuesday to hear Gov. Steve Beshear’s budget address. House Speaker Greg Stumbo is still interested […]

Kentucky House Lawmakers Discuss Budget

From Kentucky Public Radio’s Tony McVeigh Kentucky House Democrats and Republicans are in Frankfort for a budget briefing, as lawmakers continue preparations for the 2010 General Assembly. With the state facing a $161 million shortfall in the current fiscal year, and a $1.2 billion deficit next biennium, lawmakers need to be prepared for tough decisions […]

Poverty Task Force Begins Work In Frankfort

From Kentucky Public Radio’s Tony McVeigh

At almost 17%, Kentucky has one of the highest poverty rates in the nation. A 25-member legislative task force charged with developing strategies for combating the problem held its initial meeting this week in Frankfort.