Kentucky is putting two surplus airplanes up for auction on eBay. Gov. Steve Beshear says the twin-engine, 1975 Piper Navajo and the single-engine, 1967 Cessna Skyhawk are both in excellent condition, but no longer needed. “We did an assessment of all of the aircraft before we made this decision and we were assured by the… Continue reading Two State Aircraft To Be Auctioned
The acting director of Louisville’s health department says he concerned that allowing certain food stamp recipients to use the vouchers at fast food restaurants could send a mixed message about nutrition. Louisville-based Yum! Brands has been lobbying the Beshear administration to authorize food stamp use at restaurants by the disabled, elderly and homeless.
The Big Four Bridge has long been slated to be converted to a pedestrian span, but money to put a walkable surface on the bridge has not been available. Waterfront Development Corporation president David Karem says a portion of the funds will be available soon to start preparing the bridge for resurfacing.
Sales and use tax receipts, individual income, and property tax collections rose last month, but corporate income, cigarette tax and coal severance tax receipts were down.
To date, state workers have taken three of the six furlough days, which are designed to save the state $24 million this fiscal year.
Friday is the first of six days state workers will have to take off through the end of the fiscal year. Some, such as corrections employees and mental hospital workers, are exempt from the furloughs.
Attorney John Frith Stewart, says the unpaid days off will cause state workers undue stress. But Personnel Cabinet Attorney Dan Egbers says the workers failed to meet the standard of proof required for a court injunction.
Attorneys for six state employees are pursuing a temporary injunction blocking upcoming furloughs and want the case declared a class action lawsuit. They argue the state has other options for cutting costs, like trimming spending on capital projects.
The administration is not prepared at this point to say how many jobs are being eliminated, and agency heads aren’t talking either.
By Tony McVeigh, Kentucky Public Radio The grass around some Kentucky government facilities in Frankfort this summer will be a bit taller. Bu officials say the taller blades are about more than just saving money on mowing. Finance Secretary Jonathan Miller says mowing will be reduced in acreage and frequency this summer around four facilities, including the Libraries and… Continue reading State Government Cuts Mowing In Frankfort