Senate Changes to Budget Are Certain, Leeper Says

Kentucky state senators will get their first budgetary reports in committee this week, which starts the final step in the budget process. The Senate Appropriations and Revenue Committee received a report today on the differences between the budget Governor Steve Beshear originally proposed and the changes the House made to that plan. Many senators didn’t… Continue reading Senate Changes to Budget Are Certain, Leeper Says

Senate Likely Two Weeks Away From a Budget Vote

The legislative session is winding down, but budget negotiations are just beginning for Kentucky’s Senate. The House passed their version of budgets for all three branches of state government last week. But Senate Budget Chairman Bob Leeper says that doesn’t mean the Senate will be able to act quickly on the plan. Leeper says the… Continue reading Senate Likely Two Weeks Away From a Budget Vote

House Passes Budget Bills, Which Now Head to the Senate

Two year budgets for all three branches of state government have now passed one chamber of the Kentucky General Assembly. The House spent more than an hour debating the details of the executive, legislative and judicial budgets before easily passing all three. They also passed a bill creating a tax amnesty program that Governor Steve… Continue reading House Passes Budget Bills, Which Now Head to the Senate

Budget Bills Easily Pass Committee, Expected to Get Full House Vote Soon

Budget plans for all three branches of Kentucky’s government are on their way to the House floor after easily passing out of the House budget committee today. The committee passed bills that would cut the judicial and legislative budgets by eight point four percent, to match the cuts already made to the executive budget.  It… Continue reading Budget Bills Easily Pass Committee, Expected to Get Full House Vote Soon

House Unveils Changes to Two-Year Budget

The House committee charged with overseeing the budget has taken its first official steps in the process. The House Appropriations and Revenue Committee took reports from subcommittees and accepted their recommendations at a meeting today. The House plan deviates slightly from Governor Steve Beshear’s proposal. It delays the start of substance abuse programs in Medicaid… Continue reading House Unveils Changes to Two-Year Budget

New Kentucky Cancer Foundation Formed to Raise Money for Screenings

Several healthcare groups have come together in a public-private partnership to fight cancer in Kentucky. The newly-formed Kentucky Cancer Foundation is part of a two-million-dollar initiative to help uninsured Kentuckians get cancer screenings. In his proposed two year budget, Governor Steve Beshear earmarked half a million dollars each year for colon cancer screenings. He also… Continue reading New Kentucky Cancer Foundation Formed to Raise Money for Screenings

Stumbo Says Budget Modifications Will Be Minor

The leader of the Kentucky House of Representatives says his chamber will make few changes to Governor Steve Beshear’s budget. Beshear released his two-year budget plan earlier this year. It calls for cuts of more than eight percent to most state agencies. And it includes roughly six percent cuts for higher education. House leadership has… Continue reading Stumbo Says Budget Modifications Will Be Minor

U of L Enacts Hiring Freeze, Anticipates Budget Cuts

The University of Louisville has implemented a hiring freeze in anticipation of statewide cuts to education. University Provost Shirley Willihnganz sent a letter to faculty this week saying U of L is planning for a five to seven percent cut in Gov. Steve Beshear’s upcoming budget. “While our achievements have continues to be impressive, this… Continue reading U of L Enacts Hiring Freeze, Anticipates Budget Cuts

Clark County Council Passes Budget, But Waits For Approval

The Clark County, Indiana council has passed a $14.5 million budget for next year. It includes funds the panel hopes to win in a lawsuit. The county has struggled since cutting property tax rates around 25 percent in 2007 to relieve burdens on residents. Officials contend the decision to cut taxes was the result of… Continue reading Clark County Council Passes Budget, But Waits For Approval

Clark County Commissioners Defer to Council

Clark County, Indiana is relying on a lawsuit to help close its $1.2 million budget deficit. The council will decide on Monday how it wants to save the county from default. Clark County cut property tax 25 percent in 2007 when the county had a budget surplus. Now, it’s filed suit to ask for around… Continue reading Clark County Commissioners Defer to Council