Kentucky Lt. Gov. Jerry Abramson http://wfpl.org en Lt. Gov. Jerry Abramson: 'Never Say Never' to Future Campaigns http://wfpl.org/post/lt-gov-jerry-abramson-never-say-never-future-campaigns <p>Jerry Abramson has announced that <a href="http://wfpl.org/post/jerry-abramson-wont-run-kentucky-governor">he won't run for Kentucky governor</a>&nbsp;in 2015, but he says he isn't necessarily done with electoral politics.</p><p>“You never know what kind of situation might change, what kind of situations might be different in the future than they are today," says&nbsp;Abramson, the lieutenant governor and former Louisville mayor.</p><p>"You never say never.”</p><p>Abramson didn't identify any particular office he's eyeing.</p> Sun, 18 Aug 2013 11:12:51 +0000 Gabe Bullard 6503 at http://wfpl.org Lt. Gov. Jerry Abramson: 'Never Say Never' to Future Campaigns Abramson Awarded Environmental Steward Award http://wfpl.org/post/abramson-awarded-environmental-steward-award <p>Kentucky Lieutenant Governor Jerry Abramson was awarded the 2013 Public Leadership in Energy and Environmental Steward Award at an annual meeting of the <a href="http://www.nlga.us/index.html" target="_blank">National Lieutenant Governor’s Association</a> in Washington, D.C.</p><p>The award was presented by <a href="http://www.ge.com">General Electric</a>, a company with which Abramson worked extensively during his years as Louisville’s mayor. From the press release:</p> Thu, 21 Mar 2013 18:16:22 +0000 Erica Peterson 4602 at http://wfpl.org Abramson Awarded Environmental Steward Award Kentucky Habitat for Humanity Celebrates 20th Years with Capitol Rally http://wfpl.org/post/kentucky-habitat-humanity-celebrates-20th-years-capitol-rally <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Joined by Lt. </span>Gov<span style="line-height: 1.5;">. Jerry </span>Abramson<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, the Kentucky Habitat for Humanity foundation celebrated their </span>20th<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> year of service in the commonwealth with a Capitol rally.</span></p><p>Founded in 1993, Kentucky Habitat for Humanity works with affiliations across the state to build homes in much needed areas. They also have helped rebuild West Liberty and other affected areas from the March 2012 tornadoes.</p> Tue, 19 Feb 2013 17:37:44 +0000 Kenny Colston 4075 at http://wfpl.org Kentucky Habitat for Humanity Celebrates 20th Years with Capitol Rally Lawmakers Ready for Tax Reform Legislation, but Bill Unlikely This Session http://wfpl.org/post/lawmakers-ready-tax-reform-legislation-bill-unlikely-session <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Kentucky lawmakers seemed eager to dig into another tax reform bill this year, but the chair of the latest tax reform commission says reform isn't likely coming soon.</span></p><p>Lt. Gov. Jerry Abramson—who chaired <a href="/post/kentuckys-blue-ribbon-tax-commission-recommends-690-million-new-tax-revenues">the commission</a>—and Mary Lassiter, the secretary of the cabinet, addressed lawmakers on the budget committees about the recommendations of the Blue Ribbon Tax Commission.</p> Tue, 05 Feb 2013 22:15:25 +0000 Kenny Colston 3829 at http://wfpl.org Lawmakers Ready for Tax Reform Legislation, but Bill Unlikely This Session Stumbo: Tax Commission Needs 'Courage' to Make Bold, New Proposals http://wfpl.org/post/stumbo-tax-commission-needs-courage-make-bold-new-proposals <p>The Kentucky House speaker said the commission&nbsp;charged with proposing changes to Kentucky's tax code is "backing away" from controversial issues.</p><p>House Speaker Greg Stumbo said in a recent interview that the Blue Ribbon Commission on Tax Reform needs to be bolder. He said the appointed commissioners are approaching the tax code issues as if they have political capital to lose, refusing to offer new ideas.</p><p>He also encouraged the commission memebers to spend their remaining time productively.</p> Sun, 18 Nov 2012 13:00:00 +0000 Kenny Colston 2536 at http://wfpl.org Stumbo: Tax Commission Needs 'Courage' to Make Bold, New Proposals Abramson Says Kentucky Needs to Diversify its Energy Portfolio http://wfpl.org/post/abramson-says-kentucky-needs-diversify-its-energy-portfolio <p>Lieutenant Governor Jerry Abramson says it’s necessary to balance energy production with environmental stewardship. Abramson delivered the keynote address today during the<a href="http://eec.ky.gov/Pages/conference.aspx" target="_blank"> Governor’s Conference on Energy and the Environment.</a></p><p>During his talk, Abramson touted <a href="http://energy.ky.gov/resources/Pages/EnergyPlan.aspx" target="_blank">Governor Steve Beshear’s energy plan, </a>which calls for a quarter of Kentucky’s energy to come from renewable energy and efficiency measures by 2025.</p> Mon, 08 Oct 2012 21:40:38 +0000 Erica Peterson 1937 at http://wfpl.org Abramson Says Kentucky Needs to Diversify its Energy Portfolio Abramson Says Tax Commission Not Likely to Recommend Big Changes http://wfpl.org/post/abramson-says-tax-commission-not-likely-recommend-big-changes <p>The chair of Kentucky’s tax commission says a sweeping overhaul of the state's tax code isn't in the works.</p><p>Lieutenant Governor Jerry Abramson says, in his heart, he wants to see a major change in the tax code.</p><p>“But at the same time my brain tells that generally in state government things move incrementally forward,” he says, adding that a grand reform bill isn’t likely to pass the legislature.</p><p>And Abramson says throwing out and completely rewriting the state tax code, as state Senate President David Williams previously advocated for, is out of the question.</p> Wed, 15 Aug 2012 15:45:01 +0000 Kenny Colston 1324 at http://wfpl.org Abramson Says Tax Commission Not Likely to Recommend Big Changes Capitol Memorial To Be Held Wednesday For Mike Haydon http://wfpl.org/post/capitol-memorial-be-held-wednesday-mike-haydon <p>State officials are remembering Mike Haydon, Governor Steve Beshear&#39;s chief of staff, <a href="http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/kentucky/obituary.aspx?pid=159167869#fbLoggedOut">who died&nbsp;suddenly </a>Sunday.</p><p>A memorial service for Haydon will be held tomorrow at the state Capitol.</p><p>Beshear said in a statement he and his wife are devastated by Haydon&rsquo;s&nbsp;passing.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; The 62 year old Haydon had served in state and local government for over three decades in various capacities and earned the respect of colleagues on both sides of the aisle.</p> Tue, 14 Aug 2012 16:39:48 +0000 Josh James, Kentucky Public Radio and Rick Howlett 1314 at http://wfpl.org Capitol Memorial To Be Held Wednesday For Mike Haydon