general assembly http://wfpl.org en Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer's State of the City: 'We've Got to Up Our Game' http://wfpl.org/post/louisville-mayor-greg-fischers-state-city-weve-got-our-game <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Mayor Greg Fischer is challenging residents to invest in Louisville—so the city can speed growth and establish itself as an internationally competitive metro area.</span></p><p class="c1"><span>At the annual State of the City address on Thursday, Fischer said “we’ve got to up our game” to keep up with other cities.</span></p> Thu, 16 Jan 2014 21:06:39 +0000 Jacob Ryan 8267 at http://wfpl.org Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer's State of the City: 'We've Got to Up Our Game' JCPS Drafts 'Preliminary' Budget, But Must Wait For State Action http://wfpl.org/post/jcps-drafts-preliminary-budget-must-wait-state-action <p style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); line-height: normal; margin-bottom: 0px; font-family: Helvetica;"><span style="letter-spacing: 0px;">The Jefferson County school board got its first look at next year's budget Monday, but state funding and results of an unfinished audit will likely force the district to make changes before it receives final approval in the fall.</span></p> Tue, 14 Jan 2014 01:59:43 +0000 Devin Katayama 8228 at http://wfpl.org JCPS Drafts 'Preliminary' Budget, But Must Wait For State Action Greg Stumbo: Kentucky Legislators Unlikely to Restore Child Care, Kinship Programs This Session http://wfpl.org/post/greg-stumbo-kentucky-legislators-unlikely-restore-child-care-kinship-programs-session <p>Cuts to two state subsidies benefiting&nbsp;Kentucky children have been under criticism from youth advocates since they were announced, but a top state legislator indicates that little will be done to restore the programs in the 2014 General Assembly session.</p><p>The Child Care Assistance Program gives subsidies for day care costs to low-income parents, so they can work. The Kinship Care program offers $300 per month to adults caring for the children of family members, as an alternative to the costlier foster care.</p> Tue, 07 Jan 2014 13:00:00 +0000 Joseph Lord 8141 at http://wfpl.org Greg Stumbo: Kentucky Legislators Unlikely to Restore Child Care, Kinship Programs This Session Democrat Reggie Thomas Wins Race to Succeed Kathy Stein in Kentucky Senate http://wfpl.org/post/democrat-reggie-thomas-wins-race-succeed-kathy-stein-kentucky-senate <p>Democrat Reggie Thomas is the winner in <a href="http://wfpl.org/post/outgoing-kentucky-state-sen-kathy-stein-progressive-crusader">a special election in Kentucky’s 13th state senate district</a>, which covers part of Lexington.</p><p>Thomas garnered just over 4,000 votes, besting runner-up Richard Moloney, an Independent, who got about 2,600 votes, according to unofficial results from the Kentucky State Board of Elections.&nbsp;Moloney serves as a Democrat on the Lexington City Council, but ran as an Independent after his party backed Thomas.</p> Wed, 11 Dec 2013 01:45:36 +0000 Jonathan Meador 7858 at http://wfpl.org Democrat Reggie Thomas Wins Race to Succeed Kathy Stein in Kentucky Senate Kentucky House Leaders Reveal Redistricting Proposal as Special Session Approaches http://wfpl.org/post/kentucky-house-leaders-reveal-redistricting-proposal-special-session-approaches <p>House Speaker Greg Stumbo revealed on Friday a redistricting map for his chamber that would create four open seats and place four pairs of Democratic and Republican representatives in the same districts.</p> Fri, 16 Aug 2013 19:40:01 +0000 Jonathan Meador 6495 at http://wfpl.org Kentucky House Leaders Reveal Redistricting Proposal as Special Session Approaches Lawmakers to Examine Coal Severance Fund http://wfpl.org/post/lawmakers-examine-coal-severance-fund <p>Kentucky lawmakers will be briefed next week on the state’s ailing coal severance tax fund.</p><p>The office of the state budget director will update the lawmakers of the fund’s future on Wednesday, during a regularly scheduled meeting of the interim committee on natural resources and environment.</p><p>The coal severance fund is made up of a tax collected on each ton of coal mined in Kentucky. But the coal industry has had a rough year, and officials are forecasting problems maintaining previous levels of revenue.</p> Fri, 31 Aug 2012 19:49:48 +0000 Kenny Colston 1521 at http://wfpl.org