Council to Consider U of L Tuition Hike Request

University of Louisville President Dr. James Ramsey says he expects the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education to approve U of L’s request for a six percent tuition hike that would take effect next academic year. Ramsey says for more than a decade now, his and other public institutions have had to find ways to offset […]

Beshear Orders Two Percent Cuts to State Spending

Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear is ordering most state agencies to cut their budgets by two percent for the current fiscal year, but that will not be enough to close a $190 million budget shortfall. The decision was announced by State Budget Director Mary Lassiter at a joint budget committee meeting Tuesday. The plan will not […]

Beshear Hocks Two State Airplanes on eBay

If you’re in need of a twin-engine 1975 Piper Navajo or a single-engine 1967 Cessna Skyhawk, the state has a deal for you. Going once, going twice … From the governor’s office: Governor Steve Beshear today announced plans to sell two aircraft from the Commonwealth’s air fleet as a part of his ongoing Smart Government […]

Farmer Brushes Off Voluntary Furlough

Across the commonwealth this month, state workers will take the fifth of six mandatory unpaid days except for Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner Richie Farmer, who won’t participate in furloughs because he doesn’t agree with them. Statewide elected officials are prohibited from changing their salaries, but all have said they will write personal checks for a day’s […]

Budget Talks To Resume In Frankfort

By Tony McVeigh, Kentucky Public Radio After five days of off-and-on, closed-door negotiations, Kentucky’s legislative leaders are still searching for a final agreement on a new biennial state budget. Going into the talks, House and Senate leaders were shooting for an agreement by Sunday, but when negotiators went home last night, no agreement was announced. […]

Kentucky General Assembly Enters Tenth Week

By Tony McVeigh, Kentucky Public Radio The 2010 session of the Kentucky General Assembly, which began on January 5th, is entering its final few weeks. After passing a revenue bill last week, the House this week will pass the appropriations bill that determines how the revenue will be spent. Then, the Senate will weigh-in. With […]

Kentucky House Panel Approves Revenue Package

The revenue package that will help support the budget shaped by Kentucky House leaders has cleared the chamber’s Appropriations and Revenue Committee. The package, which would raise an estimated $321 million over the biennium, passed 17-11. The bulk of the money will come from the business community, but budget chairman Rick Rand of Bedford makes […]

House Leaders Continue Work On Budget

By Tony McVeigh, Kentucky Public Radio Kentucky House leaders worked over the weekend to try to put the finishing touches on the state budget. After meeting with university presidents Friday, Speaker Greg Stumbo said House leaders would try to find more money for higher education. In the House budget outline released 10-days ago, university budgets […]

Budget Talks To Intensify This Week

A new state budget remains the major focus of Kentucky lawmakers, as the 2010 legislative session enters its sixth week. House leaders want to move the budget from their chamber by early March, so efforts to craft an acceptable state spending plan are intensifying. House and Senate leaders are already sharing vital information, which is […]