Consulting Firm Makes Transparency Recommendations to Louisville Metro Council

A consulting firm has made recommendations to the Louisville Metro Council to increase transparency and accountability in discretionary spending. The council hired Mountjoy Chilton Medley for nearly $10,000 to review its policies and procedures in response to reports of questionable spending earlier this year. The report was presented to the Government Accountability and Ethics Committee […]

James, Miller Joust Over Union Contracts And Financial Disclosure (AUDIO)

The Louisville Metro Council is set to debate an ordinance Thursday that would exempt union contracts from the city’s financial disclosure law and has divided lawmakers along partisan lines. Last week, the council budget committee passed the legislation that would let Mayor Greg Fischer’s administration avoid submitting a financial impact statement for negotiated agreements between […]

Council Resolution Seeks Stronger Ethics for Quasi-Government Agencies

Seeking increased accountability, Louisville Metro Councilman Jerry Miller, R-19, has sponsored a resolution that asks quasi-government agencies to comply with the city’s ethics law. The non-binding measure says that agencies where the majority of board members are appointed by Mayor Greg Fischer and have a budget over $100,000 should be more open. It requests those entities […]

Society of Professional Journalists Criticizes “Campaign of Obfuscation” by Kentucky Agency

The Society of Professional Journalists has given the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services the runner-up spot in the annual Black Hole Awards.

The mocking award goes to agencies that lack transparency and are given out during the SPJ’s “Sunshine Week.” The state of Utah took the top prize this year, but the Cabinet for Health and Family Services was close behind.

Transparency Bill Clears Kentucky House Committee

Legislation seeking more transparency by the Kentucky Association of Counties and the Kentucky League of Cities has cleared a House committee. Recent state audits of each agency uncovered lax oversight and questionable spending. Among those applauding the House bill is State Auditor Crit Luallen. “We have good people on these boards who are working hard […]