Adovates Rally for Legislators to Up Funds for Libraries

More then 100 people braved the weather to be in Frankfort today for Kentucky Libraries Day. WFPL’s Elizabeth Kramer has more. A rally in the Capitol rotunda comes after public libraries throughout the commonwealth have seen state support fall by 22 percent, or $900,000. One of the speakers was Louisville Free Public Library Director Craig […]

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 Agencies Outline Funding Needs

From Kentucky Public Radio’s Tony McVeigh State agency heads in Kentucky continue outlining their funding needs to budget subcommittees in Frankfort.  Right now, there are 876 Kentucky State Police troopers, but ideally, the cadre should be one-thousand-70.  A new cadet class begins in April, but KSP Commissioner Rodney Brewer says with attrition and retirements, it won’t […]

Arts Council Temporarily Suspends Six Grant Programs

The Kentucky Arts Council has decided to temporarily suspend six grant programs because of the states budget crisis. WFPL’s Elizabeth Kramer has details. The announcement comes after incremental cuts in the Arts Council’s budget over the year became an overall 24 percent reduction, which is almost $1 million. The grants include one that helped fund […]

Beshear To Deliver Budget Address Tuesday

From Kentucky Public Radio’s Tony Mcveigh Lawmakers took January 18 off in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., but return Tuesday for Gov. Steve Beshear’s budget address. House Speaker Greg Stumbo says the governor needs to propose a balanced budget using existing revenue streams. That means no gambling revenue. “If he were going to […]

Beshear Unveils "Smart Government" Initiative

From Kentucky Public Radio’s Tony McVeigh Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear has unveiled a new initiative designed to save taxpayers more dollars. Calling it his “Smart Government” policy, Gov. Beshear says the initiative expands on efficiencies instituted during his first two years in office. For one thing, Beshear says the ten percent pay cut he agreed […]

Daniels Announces More Budget Cuts

Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels says a continuing decline in tax revenue has forced the state to impose more spending cuts. Daniels announced Friday that Indiana will cut $150 million in funding for state colleges and universites to close the budget gap. He says university leaders will work with the commission for higher education in deciding […]

More Kentucky Education Budget Cuts Planned

In response to Governor Steve Beshear’s directive to reduce spending by six percent, the Kentucky Department of Education has announced it plans to cut its budget by about $20 million over the rest of the fiscal year. Department spokesperson Lisa Gross says the new round of cuts could be a burden on local school districts. […]

Arts Advocates Oppose Exorbitant Cuts to State Agencies

Lower state revenues mean that cuts are being proposed for state arts agencies nationwide. WFPL’s Elizabeth Kramer reports on what is recommended by leaders in Kentucky and Indiana. The Kentucky Arts Council just got word that it may have to take a 6 percent cut to its budget while the Indiana Arts Commission may get […]