King Outlines Council Budget Recommendations to Fischer

Louisville Metro Council President Jim King, D-10, has sent Mayor Greg Fischer several recommendations to fill looming budget shortfalls over the next two fiscal years. The six-page letter was drafted after King met with leaders of the Budget Committee and other council members over the past few weeks. Metro Government faces a potential $42 million […]

Fischer Calls for Investigation Into Employee Overtime

Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer’s administration says overtime pay must be reigned in. The mayor called for an investigation Wednesday into the matter in hopes that it will save the city and taxpayers money. The investigation comes after the administration discovered that at least 550 Metro employees—about 10 percent of the city’s staff—were earning $15,000 or […]

City Lawmakers Denounce Hospital Merger

Joining state lawmakers and hundreds of residents, three members of the Louisville Metro Council are criticizing the pending merger between U of L Hospital, Jewish Hospital and a division of Catholic Health Initiatives. Council members Tina Ward-Pugh, D-9, Vicki Aubrey Welch, D-13, and Marianne Butler, D-15, signed a petition that will appear as a half-page […]

Butler Named Pro Tem of Council Court

Louisville Metro Councilwoman Marianne Butler, D-15, has been named chair pro tem of the council court that will hear the expulsion trial against Councilwoman Judy Green, D-1. The court will be made up of 20 city lawmakers who will decide Green’s fate by a two-thirds vote. Last month, council members Barbara Shanklin, D-2, Tina Ward-Pugh, […]

Council Prepares For Budget Hearings

The Louisville Metro Council’s Budget Committee will begin its review of Mayor Greg Fischer’s first budget proposal Thursday, and city lawmakers are expected to make changes to the plan. Over the next month, council members will revise the mayor’s $712 million spending plan and hear from Metro Government agencies, beginning with testimony from officials with […]

Budget Chair Supports Kentucky Kingdom Plan, Questions Bond Details

Members of the Louisville Metro Council are encouraged by Mayor Greg Fischer’s plan to reopen Kentucky Kingdom in 2012, but city lawmakers want to see more details about the investment. Fischer unveiled the proposal Wednesday, which calls for the city to issue $17.5 million in bonds while awaiting a third-party investor to step forward. The […]