Louisville Metro Council http://wfpl.org en Ultra High-Speed Internet Plan Headed to Louisville Metro Council http://wfpl.org/post/ultra-high-speed-internet-plan-headed-louisville-metro-council <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A Louisville Metro Council committee Tuesday voted to award three franchise agreements to companies to install the infrastructure needed for ultra high-speed internet access in the city.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The measure now goes before the full Metro Council, which could consider it as early as Thursday.</span></p> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 00:30:00 +0000 Jacob Ryan 9828 at http://wfpl.org Ultra High-Speed Internet Plan Headed to Louisville Metro Council Louisville Council Democrats Reprimand Johnson Aide For Disparaging Council Member http://wfpl.org/post/louisville-council-democrats-reprimand-johnson-aide-disparaging-council-member <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Louisville Metro Council Democratic Caucus has reprimanded an aide to Caucus Vice Chair Dan Johnson for making disparaging comments about a council member, a</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">ccording to documents obtained by WFPL</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The memorandum, issued June 24, said Johnson must provide a corrective plan for legislative aide Bryan Mathews to follow.</span></p> Thu, 17 Jul 2014 16:52:41 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 9788 at http://wfpl.org Louisville Council Democrats Reprimand Johnson Aide For Disparaging Council Member Louisville Metro Council Passes Budget That Includes Heavy Police Emphasis http://wfpl.org/post/louisville-metro-council-passes-budget-includes-heavy-police-emphasis <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Metro Council on&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Thursday evening passed</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> a $551 million operating budget, including Mayor Greg Fischer's push to augment Louisville's police force with a focus downtown.</span></p> Fri, 20 Jun 2014 02:16:57 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 9602 at http://wfpl.org Louisville Metro Council Passes Budget That Includes Heavy Police Emphasis African-American Council Members, Civil Rights Group Raise Concerns Over Dan Johnson's Top Aide http://wfpl.org/post/african-american-council-members-civil-rights-group-raise-concerns-over-dan-johnsons-top-aide <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The controversy surrounding the&nbsp;</span><a href="http://wfpl.org/post/louisville-councilman-dan-johnsons-top-aide-fired-last-job-after-alleged-racial-slur" style="line-height: 1.5;">alleged use of a racial slur</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;by the new legislative aide to</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;Louisville Metro Councilman Dan Johnson</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;boiled over into a Democratic caucus meeting Thursday evening.</span></p> Fri, 20 Jun 2014 00:08:59 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 9601 at http://wfpl.org African-American Council Members, Civil Rights Group Raise Concerns Over Dan Johnson's Top Aide Top 4 Changes to Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer's Budget http://wfpl.org/post/top-4-changes-louisville-mayor-greg-fischers-budget <p>After a month of hearings, the Louisville Metro Council is set to vote on Mayor Greg Fischer's 2014-15 budget proposal this evening.</p><p>Of all the items in Fischer's $553-million spending plan, one of the most notable was&nbsp;a proposed 3 percent fee on natural gas, a revenue-producer that&nbsp;would among other things pay for more police downtown.</p> Thu, 19 Jun 2014 10:42:36 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 9594 at http://wfpl.org Top 4 Changes to Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer's Budget Councilman Dan Johnson Declines to Share Legal Opinion Regarding Aide’s Dual Roles http://wfpl.org/post/councilman-dan-johnson-declines-share-legal-opinion-regarding-aide-s-dual-roles <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Louisville Metro Councilman Dan Johnson, D-21, is refusing, for now, to share the contents of a legal opinion on whether Jefferson County Judge-Executive Bryan Mathews can also serve as Johnson’s legislative aide.</span></p><p>This comes as many constituents in Johnson's district are demanding more answers from the councilman on the hire, and raising concerns about Mathews'<a href="/post/louisville-councilman-dan-johnsons-top-aide-fired-last-job-after-alleged-racial-slur"> firing by a former employer for allegedly using racial slurs.</a></p> Mon, 16 Jun 2014 18:57:28 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 9574 at http://wfpl.org Councilman Dan Johnson Declines to Share Legal Opinion Regarding Aide’s Dual Roles Council Democrat Criticizes Dan Johnson’s Hiring of Bryan Mathews http://wfpl.org/post/council-democrat-criticizes-dan-johnson-s-hiring-bryan-mathews <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A Louisville Metro Councilman is criticizing his Democratic colleague &nbsp;Dan Johnson’s hiring of a legislative aide who was</span><a href="/post/louisville-councilman-dan-johnsons-top-aide-fired-last-job-after-alleged-racial-slur" style="line-height: 1.5;"> fired from a previous job for allegedly using racial slurs.</a></p> Fri, 13 Jun 2014 20:55:53 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 9565 at http://wfpl.org Council Democrat Criticizes Dan Johnson’s Hiring of Bryan Mathews Louisville Councilman Dan Johnson's Top Aide Fired From Last Job After Alleged Racial Slur http://wfpl.org/post/louisville-councilman-dan-johnsons-top-aide-fired-last-job-after-alleged-racial-slur <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Jefferson County Judge-Executive Bryan Matthews, a newly hired Louisville Metro Council aide, was fired from a previous job for allegedly using racial epithets about African-Americans.</span></p> Fri, 13 Jun 2014 10:55:46 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 9559 at http://wfpl.org Louisville Councilman Dan Johnson's Top Aide Fired From Last Job After Alleged Racial Slur Jefferson County Judge-Executive Bryan Mathews Also Working as Metro Council Aide http://wfpl.org/post/jefferson-county-judge-executive-bryan-mathews-also-working-metro-council-aide <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Democratic Jefferson County Judge-Executive Bryan Mathews is taking on a new public service role—Louisville Metro Council aide.</span></p><p>Mathews, who has served as judge-executive since 2011 and he is seeking re-election this year, started a new job last Monday as a legislative assistant for Louisville Metro Councilman Dan Johnson, D-21.</p><p>Mathews' dual roles — a county official also working as a Metro officer — raises a host of questions.</p> Fri, 13 Jun 2014 01:03:29 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 9523 at http://wfpl.org Jefferson County Judge-Executive Bryan Mathews Also Working as Metro Council Aide Metro Employee Minimum Wage Bill Expected to Have Little Effect on Local Movement http://wfpl.org/post/metro-employee-minimum-wage-bill-expected-have-little-effect-local-movement <p>An ordinance raising the minimum wage for city employees sailed through the Louisville Metro Council last week without much fanfare or opposition.&nbsp;</p><p>Though the ordinance affects only five city workers, some see it as significant in a larger citywide minimum-wage push.</p><p>The <a href="https://louisville.legistar.com/LegislationDetail.aspx?ID=1735773&amp;GUID=A6A11540-6031-4E21-AD7F-BD33D321065E&amp;FullText=1">legislation sponsored by Councilman Rick Blackwell, D-12,</a> will increase the hourly pay of the city's approximately 5,500 full-time employees to $10.10.</p> Tue, 10 Jun 2014 21:19:31 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 9537 at http://wfpl.org Metro Employee Minimum Wage Bill Expected to Have Little Effect on Local Movement