Friday on Byline WFPL’s Political Editor Phillip Bailey provided review and analysis of Mayor Greg Fischer’s austere budget plan for 2012-13. The spending plan does not raise taxes and balances the budget without Metro employee layoffs or furloughs, and gives non-union city workers a 2 percent raise. Metro Government had faced a $20 million shortfall… Continue reading Analyzing Mayor Fischer’s City Budget for FY 2012-13
In case you started the weekend early, here are some of the stories we’ve covered today that you may have missed.
Louisville Metro Government is facing a $6 million deficit based on early revenue projections. The shortfall exists despite higher receipts in the first three months of the fiscal year.
Humana president Mike McCallister has announced his retirement after 38 years with the company. He will step down within the next 18 months.
And former Alaska Governor and vice-presidential nominee Sarah Palin has endorsed Republican Todd P’Pool for Kentucky attorney general. The P’Pool campaign has released robocalls in which Palin urges voters to support P’Pool and mispronounces his last name.
Budget hearings continued today before Louisville’s Metro Council. Some council members took the opportunity of having public works officials before them to criticize the way stimulus project have been handled so far. Public Works Director Ted Pullen was before the council’s budget committee to outline his department’s budget for the upcoming fiscal year. Councilman Hal… Continue reading Public Works Director Defends Quick Action in Stimulus Proposals
Two Louisville Metro Councilmen say they’ll propose an ordinance that would create a searchable database containing all Metro Government revenues and expenditures. Republicans Hal Heiner and Ken Fleming say they’ll tap into their office expense funds to share the ten-thousand dollar cost of launching the so-called e-transparency initiative, with the expectation that Metro Government would… Continue reading Council To Consider e-Transparency Ordinance
Metro Councilman Jim King is giving up ten-percent of his Neighborhood Development Funds to help the city fill a twenty-million dollar budget gap – and he’s hoping other council members will follow suit. The Neighborhood Development Funds are a $175,000 discretionary fund council members get each year to use for projects in their district. Council… Continue reading Council President Urges Members to Donate Discretionary Funds