Actors Theatre Hopes to Attract Crowds With Building Renovations

Actors Theatre of Louisville has unveiled several improvements to its downtown Louisville headquarters. The Actors Theatre building is across the street from the KFC Yum center. Until recently, there was little outward indication of what was inside. But that’s changed. Using $450,000 in grants and donations, Actors Theatre has renovated its lobby and refurbished the… Continue reading Actors Theatre Hopes to Attract Crowds With Building Renovations

Mayor Will Sign Fireworks Ordinance, Budget

Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer says he will sign the fireworks ordinance passed by the Metro Council Thursday night.  The ordinance will allow the sale of fireworks permitted by state law, but says they cannot be set off by minors or within 200 feet of another person or building.  Mayor Fischer says the new state law… Continue reading Mayor Will Sign Fireworks Ordinance, Budget

King Hopes Council Members Will Volunteer for Furloughs

Louisville Metro Council President Jim King is asking his colleagues if they plan to participate in Mayor Greg Fischer’s recommended furloughs for city employees. As part of his plan to fill a $22.5 million shortfall, Fischer ordered a one week unpaid furlough for all nonunion city employees who make more than $70,000 a year. All… Continue reading King Hopes Council Members Will Volunteer for Furloughs

State Airplanes Sold

Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear says two state airplanes placed for auction on eBay have been sold. Two weeks ago, when Beshear announced the administration was putting the planes up for auction, he said they were in excellent mechanical condition and should sell quickly. “I’m confident we can do without these planes, while making a little… Continue reading State Airplanes Sold

Parking Meter Rates to Increase This Summer

Street parking in downtown Louisville will be more expensive starting in July. The Parking Authority of River City has voted, and parking meter rates will jump by 25 cents per hour, bringing the total cost for 60 minutes of parking to one dollar. Parking meters are a handy revenue source for governments, too. Marketplace recently… Continue reading Parking Meter Rates to Increase This Summer

Lexington Council Prepares to Review City Budget

by Brenna Angel, Kentucky Public Radio Lexington Mayor Jim Gray’s budget proposal for the next fiscal year includes across-the-board cuts and 28 layoffs. But one Urban County Council member says not all cuts are created equal. 10th District Councilman Doug Martin says each department should bear its fair share of the burden. “How is it… Continue reading Lexington Council Prepares to Review City Budget

Improved Revenue Projections Mean More Money for Indiana Schools

In light of improved revenue forecast, more money will go to public schools in Indiana. Governor Mitch Daniels said this morning that tax receipts will likely be slightly higher than anticipated over the next two years, and that means $150 million dollars will go toward schools. About a quarter of the money will be used… Continue reading Improved Revenue Projections Mean More Money for Indiana Schools

Lexington Budget Proposal Includes Layoffs, $27 Million in Cuts

by Brenna Angel, Kentucky Public Radio Lexington Mayor Jim Gray has released a budget proposal that calls for $27 million in cuts. More than two dozen city jobs are on the chopping block and 214 vacant positions will go unfilled, leaving the number of people employed by the city at its lowest point since 1999.… Continue reading Lexington Budget Proposal Includes Layoffs, $27 Million in Cuts

Fischer Marks 100 Days, Says Budget Will Be Next Major Challenge

Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer celebrated his first 100 days in office Tuesday. At a ceremony in Metro Hall, Fischer outlined some of the challenges of his first 100 days, from lingering union disputes to industrial accidents in Rubbertown and Butchertown. Fischer’s next major challenge will be to draft the city budget for the coming fiscal… Continue reading Fischer Marks 100 Days, Says Budget Will Be Next Major Challenge