budget http://wfpl.org en High-Profile Bills Falter on Last Day of Kentucky General Assembly Session http://wfpl.org/post/high-profile-bills-falter-last-day-kentucky-general-assembly-session <p>FRANKFORT—Kentucky lawmakers squabbled until midnight, turning the final day of the 2014 Kentucky General Assembly into a last-minute dash that saw many promising bills fail to clear the House and Senate.</p> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 10:57:39 +0000 Jonathan Meador 9148 at http://wfpl.org High-Profile Bills Falter on Last Day of Kentucky General Assembly Session Kentucky General Assembly Passes New State Budget, See the Highlights Here http://wfpl.org/post/kentucky-general-assembly-passes-new-state-budget-see-highlights-here <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>FRANKFORT—After a marathon negotiation session this weekend,&nbsp;the Kentucky General Assembly gave speedy passage to a slew of budget bills that gave raises to judicial employees and restored funding for K-12 education while also reducing safety inspections for mines and possibly prohibiting the commonwealth from funding local implementation of the Affordable Care Act.</p> Tue, 01 Apr 2014 02:14:02 +0000 Jonathan Meador 9028 at http://wfpl.org Kentucky General Assembly Passes New State Budget, See the Highlights Here Highlights of the Kentucky State Budget Compromise http://wfpl.org/post/highlights-kentucky-state-budget-compromise <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>FRANKFORT—State House and Senate leaders have agreed on the details of a $20.3 billion biennial state budget that largely preserves&nbsp;Gov. Steve&nbsp;Beshear's&nbsp;intention to restore funding for K-12 education. A final vote on the plan is expected late Monday night.</p> Mon, 31 Mar 2014 14:02:13 +0000 Jonathan Meador 9017 at http://wfpl.org Highlights of the Kentucky State Budget Compromise Kentucky State Budget Battle Shifts Focus to Rupp Arena Renovations http://wfpl.org/post/kentucky-state-budget-battle-shifts-focus-rupp-arena-renovations <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>FRANKFORT—Kentucky state lawmakers spent the first several hours of a Saturday afternoon budget conference haranguing one another for Washington-style politicking and discussing whether to use state bonds to finance portions of a $310 million renovation plan for the University of Kentucky's&nbsp;Rupp Arena.</p> Sat, 29 Mar 2014 22:07:21 +0000 Jonathan Meador 9009 at http://wfpl.org Kentucky State Budget Battle Shifts Focus to Rupp Arena Renovations Kentucky Senate Passes Budget Plan That Differs From House Version http://wfpl.org/post/kentucky-senate-passes-budget-plan-differs-house-version <p>The Kentucky Senate passed its version of a two-year $20-billion budget. The lengthy document will end up in a House-Senate Conference Committee where a key House leader expects successful passage this session.</p><p>The Democratic-led House and the Republican-led Senate&nbsp;have budgets that differ in a number of areas. The senate plan restores funding for higher education, but cuts out most projects, including those on university campuses.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 25 Mar 2014 10:56:52 +0000 Stu Johnson | Kentucky Public Radio 8965 at http://wfpl.org Kentucky Senate Passes Budget Plan That Differs From House Version Kentucky House Committee Approves Budget Plan, 'Virtually the Same' as Gov. Steve Beshear's Proposal http://wfpl.org/post/kentucky-house-committee-approves-budget-plan-virtually-same-gov-steve-beshears-proposal <p>Kentucky lawmakers have a month remaining in the 2014 legislative session, and in that time they must pass a new state budget.</p><p>The House Appropriations and Revenue Committee has approved a series of bills, including a modified version of the governor's proposed $20.3 billion, two-year budget.</p><p>Committee Chair Rick Rand says his chamber’s version is “virtually the same” as<a href="/post/kentucky-gov-steve-beshear-budget-preserves-k-12-education-5-cuts-most-agencies"> Gov. Steve&nbsp;Beshear's draft.</a></p> Wed, 12 Mar 2014 00:08:04 +0000 Jonathan Meador 8841 at http://wfpl.org Kentucky House Committee Approves Budget Plan, 'Virtually the Same' as Gov. Steve Beshear's Proposal House's Kentucky Budget Proposal Similar to Gov. Steve Beshear's http://wfpl.org/post/houses-kentucky-budget-proposal-similar-gov-steve-beshears <p>FRANKFORT — A budget proposal in the Kentucky House will closely resemble the $20 billion biennial <a href="/post/kentucky-gov-steve-beshear-budget-preserves-k-12-education-5-cuts-most-agencies">budget outlined by Gov. Steve Beshear.</a></p><p>House Appropriations and Revenue chair Rick Rand says that that chamber’s budget will be virtually the same as the governor’s, specifically in the area of education. It largely preserves Beshear’s requests for the funding formula known as SEEK and implements raises for teachers.</p> Mon, 10 Mar 2014 19:57:38 +0000 Jonathan Meador 8829 at http://wfpl.org House's Kentucky Budget Proposal Similar to Gov. Steve Beshear's Kentucky Juvenile Justice Department Feeling Strains of State's Pension Issues http://wfpl.org/post/kentucky-juvenile-justice-department-feeling-strains-states-pension-issues <p>Kentucky’s <a href="/post/kentuckys-zombie-pension-problem">pension woes</a> are putting a strain on the Department of Juvenile Justice.</p><p>Commissioner Hasan Davis told lawmakers on the House Budget Review Subcommittee on Justice and the Judiciary this week that the Department of Juvenile Justice is struggling.</p><p>Years of employee attrition, program reductions and budget fluctuations have strained the agency.</p> Wed, 19 Feb 2014 14:31:43 +0000 Jonathan Meador 8634 at http://wfpl.org Kentucky Juvenile Justice Department Feeling Strains of State's Pension Issues Where Would Increased K-12 Education Funding Leave Kentucky's State Universities? http://wfpl.org/post/where-would-increased-k-12-education-funding-leave-kentuckys-state-universities <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">As the University of Louisville's student government president,&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Carrie&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Mattingly's</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;job is to be the voice of her peers—and she said tuition increases hurt student wallets.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">But so do other costs associated with college.</span></p> Wed, 29 Jan 2014 20:03:02 +0000 Devin Katayama 8399 at http://wfpl.org Where Would Increased K-12 Education Funding Leave Kentucky's State Universities? Beshear's Budget Supports 'Commonwealth College' to Help Working Adults Finish Degrees http://wfpl.org/post/beshears-budget-supports-commonwealth-college-help-working-adults-finish-degrees <p>Working adults in Kentucky could soon have another option for completing their college degrees.</p><p>That option is called the Commonwealth College, which would be an online program that would allow students to complete work at their own pace.&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Although&nbsp;</span>Gov<span style="line-height: 1.5;">.&nbsp; Steve&nbsp;</span>Beshear’s<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;latest budget proposal cut higher education by 2.5 percent, or $23 million, there were some bright spots for public colleges and universities. </span></p> Tue, 28 Jan 2014 19:44:08 +0000 Devin Katayama 8387 at http://wfpl.org Beshear's Budget Supports 'Commonwealth College' to Help Working Adults Finish Degrees