Lawmakers Differ on Mayor Ignoring Cuts to Council Discretionary Funds

Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer will give up his discretionary account to help fill the budget deficit next year, but the Metro Council is split on whether to follow suit. Each council member is given a total of $205,000 to spend annually, with $75,000 in their Neighborhood Development Fund in addition to a $100,000 Capital Infrastructure […]

Budget Panel Approves Union Exemption From Financial Disclosure

After an hour long and bitterly partisan debate, a Louisville Metro Council panel passed an ordinance that would exempt union contracts between the city and public workers from being subject to mandatory reports. Financial impact statements show the total cost of the contracts between unions leaders and Metro Government over an entire negotiated deal. But […]

Councilwoman Green Removed from Office

In two historic decisions, the Louisville Metro Council Court voted unanimously to expel Councilwoman Judy Green, D-1, from office. The 20-member court ruled Green mismanaged taxpayer money and committed misconduct in two separate cases, marking the first time an elected official was removed in Metro Government history and the first time a Louisville official has […]

Mayor’s Office Offered Council Members Publicity to Help Fund WorldFest

The office of Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer promised Metro Council members personal advertisements in exchange for using their discretionary funds to help pay for this weekend’s WorldFest celebration. Fischer recently announced the annual event was being expanded to three days and a volunteer with his Office of Globalization was soliciting city lawmakers to get the […]

Committee Takes Steps to Oust Green

Members of the Louisville Metro Council Charging Committee met Friday to begin the process of removing Councilwoman Judy Green, D-1, from office. Last month, a bipartisan group of five city lawmakers signed a petition to oust Green after the Metro Ethics Commission ruled she violated the city’s ethics law. The ethics panel slapped Green with […]

Lawmakers Form Charging Committee for Green Removal

The five members of the Louisville Metro Council who brought impeachment charges against embattled Councilwoman Judy Green, D-1, will hold a committee meeting Friday to prepare for the trial-like removal proceedings. A bipartisan group signed a petition to oust Green from office after the Metro Ethics Commission ruled unanimously that she violated the city’s ethics […]

UPDATE: Council Moves to Impeach Green

After reviewing the findings of the Louisville Metro Ethics Commission, five members of the Metro Council have signed a petition calling for the removal of Councilwoman Judy Green, D-1, from office. The five members are Tina Ward-Pugh, D-9, Barbara Shanklin, D-2, Kevin Kramer, R-11, Stuart Benson, R-20, and Madonna Flood, D-24, who met with legal […]

UPDATED: Ethics Commission Recommends Green Be Removed From Office

In a unanimous decision, the Louisville Metro Ethics Commission has ruled that Councilwoman Judy Green, D-1, deliberately violated the city’s ethics ordinance and should be removed from office. Green was charged with nepotism and using a city-funded summer jobs program to benefit members of her family. In 2009, Green approached Dr. Eddie Woods, founder of […]

Council GOP Outlines Spending Priorities

Calling it a road map for real savings in the coming fiscal year, the Louisville Metro Council’s Republican caucus have presented Democrats with a list of their spending priorities for the city budget. Revenue projections show little or no growth as Metro Government faces a $22 million shortfall. Mayor Greg Fischer is expected to present […]

Council Approves Whiskey Row Deal

Receiving additional assurances from Mayor Greg Fischer’s administration, the Louisville Metro Council approved an emergency ordinance that allocates $1.5 million to help preserve a strip of 19th Century buildings downtown. Earlier this week, the mayor brokered a deal with local developers Steve Wilson and Laura Lee Brown to purchase four of the seven historic Whiskey […]