Utility Companies Tell Lawmakers Environmental Upgrades Will Raise Rates

Several utility companies across Kentucky told a legislative committee ratepayers should expect a 20 percent increase over the next five years, largely due to environmental upgrades. According to KPR’s Tony McVeigh: “Representatives of several coal-fired utilities in Kentucky say meeting federal clean air standards already in the pipeline will require investments of billions of dollars.  […]

State Legislators Return for Special Session

For the second time in ten months, Kentucky lawmakers are returning to Frankfort for a special session. After they failed to balance the Medicaid budget in this year’s 30-day regular session, Governor Beshear ordered them back for a special session. The House favors the governor’s plan to shift second-year Medicaid funding forward. The Senate prefers budget cuts. Beshear hopes for middle ground.

Senate Rejects Beshear’s Plan to Balance Medicaid Budget, Approves Its Own Spending Bill

The Kentucky Senate last night rejected Governor Steve Beshear’s plan for balancing the state’s Medicaid budget. The Republican-controlled Senate voted 24-12 for its own budget-balancing plan, which requires across-the-board cuts to state agencies. The Democratic-controlled House supported the governor’s proposal, but Speaker Greg Stumbo believes there’s room for compromise.

More Money for Arts in Indiana Dems Budget

Indiana’s budget passed by a committee in the House of Representatives eases cuts proposed by Republican Gov. Mitch Daniels. WFPL’s Elizabeth Kramer has more. The House Ways and Means committee passed a one-year budget, instead of one covering two years. It erases the governor’s proposed cuts to education. It also reduces the Indiana Arts Commission’s […]