Robert Stivers http://wfpl.org en Is Tonight's Kentucky Wildcats-Louisville Cardinals Game Slowing the State Budget Process? http://wfpl.org/post/tonights-kentucky-wildcats-louisville-cardinals-game-slowing-state-budget-process <p>Work on a new Kentucky state budget is slowing in Frankfort—because of a a basketball game.</p><p>Interest in tonight's NCAA Tournament matchup between the Louisville Cardinals and Kentucky Wildcats is the latest delaying factor in an already contentious day.</p><p>With only a handful of days left in the session, lawmakers are behind schedule on passing the only bill they’re required to: A $20.3 billion biennial budget.</p> Fri, 28 Mar 2014 21:40:03 +0000 Jonathan Meador 9004 at http://wfpl.org Is Tonight's Kentucky Wildcats-Louisville Cardinals Game Slowing the State Budget Process? Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear Makes Tax Reform Proposal http://wfpl.org/post/kentucky-gov-steve-beshear-makes-tax-reform-proposal <p>Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear's&nbsp;tax reform&nbsp;plan would raise an additional $210 million in revenue each year.</p><p>In announcing his proposal Tuesday,&nbsp;Beshear said&nbsp;the plan would make Kentucky’s economy more competitive with neighboring states by taxing services, lowering income taxes, and reducing the top corporate income tax by a tenth of a percent.</p><p>Newly taxed services would include auto and computer repair, landscaping, janitorial services and security systems, as well as luxury services like tanning salons, golf courses and marinas.</p> Wed, 05 Feb 2014 11:22:52 +0000 Jonathan Meador 8480 at http://wfpl.org Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear Makes Tax Reform Proposal Greg Stumbo: Kentucky Expanded Gambling Issue Should Start With Constitutional Amendment http://wfpl.org/post/greg-stumbo-kentucky-expanded-gambling-issue-should-start-constitutional-amendment <p>FRANKFORT—Kentucky House Speaker Greg Stumbo says expanded gaming legislation would ideally begin with a constitutional amendment.</p><p>Stumbo told reporters Tuesday in the Capitol that by letting voters decide the issue first, the legislation could avoid the kind of horse-trading that Senate President Robert Stivers has <a href="/post/kentucky-senate-president-robert-stivers-no-trading-votes-expanded-gambling">warned will threaten his support for it.</a></p> Wed, 08 Jan 2014 13:00:00 +0000 Jonathan Meador 8165 at http://wfpl.org Greg Stumbo: Kentucky Expanded Gambling Issue Should Start With Constitutional Amendment Kentucky House, Senate Leaders React to Gov. Steve Beshear's State of the Commonwealth http://wfpl.org/post/kentucky-house-senate-leaders-react-gov-steve-beshears-state-commonwealth <p></p><p>FRANKFORT — Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear gave his seventh State of the Commonwealth address on Tuesday, and leaders from both General Assembly chambers—and both parties—had quick reaction.</p><p>Senate President Robert Stivers voiced opposition to the governor's support of a statewide smoking ban, saying that although he does not smoke, he supports an individual's choice to do so.</p><p><strong><a href="/post/state-commonwealth-beshear-says-kentuckys-momentum-jeopardy">Related: State of the Commonwealth: Beshear Says Kentucky's Momentum in Jeopardy</a></strong></p> Wed, 08 Jan 2014 04:29:57 +0000 Jonathan Meador 8162 at http://wfpl.org Kentucky House, Senate Leaders React to Gov. Steve Beshear's State of the Commonwealth What to Expect from the 2014 Kentucky General Assembly http://wfpl.org/post/what-expect-2014-kentucky-general-assembly <p>As temperatures in Kentucky slowly <a href="/post/jcps-other-schools-closed-tuesday-extreme-cold-remains">climb out of the polar abyss,</a> so too will state lawmakers emerge from their districts and trek to Frankfort for the opening day of the 2014 regular session of the Kentucky General Assembly.</p><p>The session starts Tuesday.</p> Tue, 07 Jan 2014 14:58:56 +0000 Jonathan Meador 8145 at http://wfpl.org What to Expect from the 2014 Kentucky General Assembly Kentucky House Speaker Greg Stumbo: Let's Make the Minimum Wage $10.10 http://wfpl.org/post/kentucky-house-speaker-greg-stumbo-lets-make-minimum-wage-1010 <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Kentucky House Speaker Greg Stumbo is sponsoring legislation that would raise the state's minimum wage.</span></p><p>House Bill 1 would raise the rate from $7.25 an hour to $10.10 an hour over three years.</p><p>The increase is needed to keep wages in line with inflation, and would help struggling working-class families across the state,&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">Stumbo</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;says.</span></p> Fri, 03 Jan 2014 21:02:35 +0000 Jonathan Meador 8114 at http://wfpl.org Kentucky House Speaker Greg Stumbo: Let's Make the Minimum Wage $10.10 Kentucky Senate President: Local Option Sales Tax Presents a Dilemma for Republicans http://wfpl.org/post/kentucky-senate-president-local-option-sales-tax-presents-dilemma-republicans <p>An effort in Kentucky to fund projects with a new local option sales tax is posing a dilemma for Republican lawmakers.</p><p>Democratic Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer pushing for the state to allow for the <a href="/term/local-option-sales-tax">local option sales tax, </a>which would allow communities to have public votes on temporary sales tax increases to pay for new projects.</p><p>But Republican State Senate President Robert Stivers says it's difficult to balance higher taxes against civic improvement.</p> Thu, 02 Jan 2014 17:00:00 +0000 Jonathan Meador 8097 at http://wfpl.org Kentucky Senate President: Local Option Sales Tax Presents a Dilemma for Republicans Kentucky Senate President Robert Stivers: No Trading Votes for Expanded Gambling http://wfpl.org/post/kentucky-senate-president-robert-stivers-no-trading-votes-expanded-gambling <p>Kentucky's highest-ranking Republican lawmaker says he will oppose any expanded gambling measure that uses political patronage to garner support.</p><p>Kentucky Senate President Robert Stivers says he isn't opposed to expanded gaming if it has unified support, but he doesn’t want the issue to be advanced by a trade of votes for pet projects.</p> Wed, 01 Jan 2014 14:00:00 +0000 Jonathan Meador 8089 at http://wfpl.org Kentucky Senate President Robert Stivers: No Trading Votes for Expanded Gambling Kentucky Senate President: Expanded Gambling Supporters Need 'Consistent Voice' to Win Passage http://wfpl.org/post/kentucky-senate-president-expanded-gambling-supporters-need-consistent-voice-win-passage <p>Kentucky’s top Republican lawmaker says pending legislation that would expand gaming across the Commonwealth will need strong, unified support.</p><p>Republican Senate President Robert Stivers told a group of Kentucky’s top business leaders this week that if backers of expanded gaming want the issue to finally pass, then they’ll have to present a united front.</p> Fri, 13 Dec 2013 21:02:59 +0000 Jonathan Meador 7893 at http://wfpl.org Kentucky Senate President: Expanded Gambling Supporters Need 'Consistent Voice' to Win Passage Kentucky Legislative Research Commission Authorizes Audit, Appoints Acting Director http://wfpl.org/post/kentucky-legislative-research-commission-authorizes-audit-appoints-acting-director <p>FRANKFORT &mdash; Kentucky Legislative Research Commission leaders on Wednesday&nbsp;elected a new acting director and authorized an audit of the nonpartisan state agency&#39;s operations in the wake of the LRC&rsquo;s handling of sexual harassment complaints.</p> Wed, 02 Oct 2013 23:06:53 +0000 Jonathan Meador 7073 at http://wfpl.org Kentucky Legislative Research Commission Authorizes Audit, Appoints Acting Director