Daniels Says He's Prepared To Respond To Shutdown

Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels says he remains optimistic that state lawmakers can reach a budget agreement before next week’s deadline, but he’s prepared to keep essential services in operation if there’s a government shutdown. The legislature has until the end of Tuesday to approve a new spending plan. Daniels says if that doesn’t happen, he’ll […]

Beshear Applauds Lawmakers' Work During Special Session

Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear is applauding lawmakers for their “significant accomplishments” during the eight-day special session. He’s disappointed the slots bill failed, but defends his decision to add the contentious issue to the special session call. “I respect those who expressed their sincere opposition to gaming. I also respect those, who even among you in […]

Horse Industry Reps Call For Slots Bill Approval

From Kentucky Public Radio’s Tony McVeigh Kentucky’s horse industry continues pushing the slots bill that won House approval last week, even though Senate President David Williams says the measure is dead. To help fill Ohio’s three-billion dollar budget deficit, Gov. Ted Strickland is backing video slots at the state’s seven racetracks. If the measure passes, […]

Beshear: Gambling Alternatives Won't Be Heard In Session

From Kentucky Public Radio’s Tony McVeigh Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear is refusing to allow alternatives to expanded gambling be heard in the upcoming special legislative session on the budget. Senate President David Williams says there are ways to help the horse industry without putting video slots at the horse tracks, and has offered an alternate […]

Daniels To Call Special Budget Session

Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels will call a special session for lawmakers to come up with a state budget, after they failed to pass a spending plan before time ran out on the General Assembly Wednesday night. Daniels said Thursday that he would have vetoed the plan that cleared the Senate but died in the House […]

Kentucky Faces Revenue Shortfall

From Kentucky Public Radio’s Tony McVeigh  Kentucky could be facing an almost $300 million budget shortfall this fiscal year, but Governor Steve Beshear says the state “will survive this economic crisis.” Before the administration takes any action, Beshear wants a new revenue projection. “When you have the Dow Jones Industrial average swing almost 17-hundred points […]