Louisville Metro Councilwoman Attica Scott http://wfpl.org en Louisville Minimum Wage Forum Highlights Tipped Worker's Struggles http://wfpl.org/post/louisville-minimum-wage-forum-highlights-tipped-workers-struggles <p>As lawmakers the nation over debate raising the minimum wage, one Louisville server says local elected leaders need to pay closer attention to the struggle of tipped employees especially.</p><p>Supporters of raising the pay rate to $10.10 testified before the Metro Council’s Community Affairs Committee Monday evening.</p><p>Less than a dozen people showed up and all voiced their support of the idea.</p><p>But those in attendance said they were disappointed even fewer council members—save Democrats Attica Scott, David James and Chairwoman Barbara Shanklin—attended the special hearing.</p> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 03:23:42 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 9143 at http://wfpl.org Louisville Minimum Wage Forum Highlights Tipped Worker's Struggles Does Walmart Fit West Louisville’s Jobs and Economic Vision, Forum Asks http://wfpl.org/post/does-walmart-fit-west-louisville-s-jobs-and-economic-vision-forum-asks <p>Does Walmart fit with the vision of west Louisville's economic and jobs plan?</p><p>That was a question the Louisville Forum tackled Wednesday afternoon in a debate featuring some of the deal's vocal critics and supporters.</p><p>Metro Council Democrats Attica Scott and David Tandy took opposing views on the deal and the need for public subsidies.</p><p>The two grappled with what the <a href="http://wfpl.org/post/walmart-supercenter-be-built-west-louisville">$25 million project </a>will mean for the area.</p> Wed, 09 Apr 2014 19:22:50 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 9101 at http://wfpl.org Does Walmart Fit West Louisville’s Jobs and Economic Vision, Forum Asks Walmart Supercenter to be Built in West Louisville http://wfpl.org/post/walmart-supercenter-be-built-west-louisville <p>Joined by Louisville Metro Council members, community leaders and neighborhood residents, Mayor Greg Fischer announced Monday that Walmart will build a supercenter at the old Philip Morris site.</p><p>The $25 million project is the largest investment in the city's West End in over a decade and is being heralded by supporters as a sign that its neighborhoods are "open for business."</p><p>Walmart plans to build a 155,000 square foot store that will be the size of nearly three football fields, which is expected to bring in over 300 jobs to the area.</p> Mon, 24 Mar 2014 17:30:27 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 8960 at http://wfpl.org Walmart Supercenter to be Built in West Louisville Bill Raising Metro Louisville Minimum Wage Underway http://wfpl.org/post/bill-raising-metro-louisville-minimum-wage-underway <p>Louisville Metro Councilwoman Attica Scott, D-1, is moving forward with an ordinance that would eventually raise local workers' hourly wages to $10.10 over the next three years.</p><p>Last month, Scott asked for<a href="/post/councilwoman-attica-scott-seeks-raise-minimum-wage-metro-louisville"> a legal opinion as to whether the council can mandate wage rates within the Metro area.</a> The county attorney's office has said she can move forward with the bill while they seek more answers from the state Attorney General’s office about enforcing such a plan.</p> Mon, 17 Mar 2014 12:00:00 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 8891 at http://wfpl.org Bill Raising Metro Louisville Minimum Wage Underway Louisville Council Democrats' Probe to Possibly Remove Member Involves District 1 Primary Race http://wfpl.org/post/louisville-council-democrats-probe-possibly-remove-member-involves-district-1-primary-race <p>An internal probe on whether to remove a Louisville Metro Council Democrat from the majority caucus involves the District 1 primary race.</p><p>Earlier this month, Democratic Caucus Chair Vicki Aubrey <a href="http://wfpl.org/post/louisville-metro-council-democrats-consider-removing-member-wont-say-who-or-why">Welch alleged that a legislative aide for one of the members had been working to defeat an incumbent</a>, which Welch said was in violation of their rules.</p> Wed, 26 Feb 2014 20:50:52 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 8716 at http://wfpl.org Louisville Council Democrats' Probe to Possibly Remove Member Involves District 1 Primary Race Councilwoman Attica Scott Seeks to Raise Minimum Wage in Metro Louisville http://wfpl.org/post/councilwoman-attica-scott-seeks-raise-minimum-wage-metro-louisville <p>Democratic Councilwoman Attica Scott is seeking a legal opinion on whether city lawmakers can raise the minimum wage for all workers in Louisville Metro.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Scott is hoping to file an ordinance in the coming weeks that would mirror legislation in the Kentucky General Assembly. It would increase the hourly pay for employees to $10.10 per hour over the next three years.</span></p><p>"We are unsure at this point if we have the legislative authority to do that," she says.</p> Tue, 18 Feb 2014 22:51:45 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 8629 at http://wfpl.org Councilwoman Attica Scott Seeks to Raise Minimum Wage in Metro Louisville Potential Walmart Plays Role in Louisville Metro Council District 1 Election http://wfpl.org/post/potential-walmart-plays-role-louisville-metro-council-district-1-election <p>The debate over a potential Walmart in west Louisville is beginning to influence a city election.</p><p>In the <a href="http://wfpl.org/post/late-louisville-councilwoman-judy-green-s-daughter-running-mother-s-seat">Democratic primary election for the Metro Council Distirct 1 seat</a>, attorney Jessica Green is challenging incumbent Attica Scott in a closely watched contest.</p> Wed, 05 Feb 2014 21:49:46 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 8487 at http://wfpl.org Potential Walmart Plays Role in Louisville Metro Council District 1 Election Late Louisville Councilwoman Judy Green’s Daughter Running for Mother’s Seat http://wfpl.org/post/late-louisville-councilwoman-judy-green-s-daughter-running-mother-s-seat <p>The daughter of the late Louisville Metro Councilwoman Judy Green is running for the seat once occupied by her mother.</p><p>Attorney Jessica Green is a 32-year-old former prosecutor in the Commonwealth Attorney’s office who is running against incumbent Attica Scott in the Democratic primary.</p><p>Green's mother represented District 1, which covers parts of west and southwest Louisville, for five years.</p><p>Judy Green was the first candidate to defeat an incumbent in council history. In 2011, she was ousted from office over a pair of ethics violations—also a Metro Government first.</p> Wed, 29 Jan 2014 22:30:45 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 8410 at http://wfpl.org Late Louisville Councilwoman Judy Green’s Daughter Running for Mother’s Seat 'Walmart Deal' Coming to Philip Morris Site in West Louisville, Sources Say http://wfpl.org/post/walmart-deal-coming-philip-morris-site-west-louisville-sources-say <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A deal is in the works to bring a Walmart to west Louisville, sources close to the negotiations tell </span>WFPL<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> News.</span></p><p>Metro Government and the project’s developers, <a href="http://www.tmgky.com/aboutus.html">The Mardrian Group (TMG)</a>, have been trying for nearly a decade to bring a major retailer to a lot at the southwest corner of Dixie Highway and Broadway that was formerly occupied by a Philip Morris plant.</p> Wed, 13 Nov 2013 12:59:00 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 7531 at http://wfpl.org 'Walmart Deal' Coming to Philip Morris Site in West Louisville, Sources Say Louisville Councilwoman Attica Scott Talks Vacant Properties With Senator Rand Paul http://wfpl.org/post/louisville-councilwoman-attica-scott-talks-vacant-properties-senator-rand-paul <p>Saying neighborhood concerns come before partisan politics, Democratic Louisville Metro Councilwoman Attica Scott says she had a chance to discuss the problem of vacant and abandoned properties with Republican U.S. Senator Rand Paul recently.</p><p>Paul and Scott met at the Louisville Forum last week, where the senator was the featured speaker and addressed a number of issues.</p><p>Among the topics Paul talked about were voting rights for minorities where he said there is <a href="http://wfpl.org/post/rand-paul-says-no-evidence-racial-discrimination-elections">no evidence that African-Americans are being barred from U.S. elections</a> more than whites.</p><p>But Scott—who is vice chair of the council's vacant properties committee—says despite their&nbsp; political differences Paul is committed to keeping the lines of communication open dilapidated housing.</p><p>"I am more concerned about finding solutions to some of our most pressing infrastructure and neighborhood needs than about partisan politics," she says. "Senator Paul and I have ideological differences on some issues, but we agree that we must be more aggressive in addressing abandoned and vacant properties which is a mutual area of concern."</p><p>A report shows swaths of empty homes are concentrated in parts of Scott's district, where <a href="http://wfpl.org/post/councilwoman-attica-scott-s-bringing-down-house-push-questioned-praised">up to 30 percent of properties are vacant</a>. In a statement, Paul said he is interested in Scott's perspective on how to remove those abandoned properties in west Louisville.</p><p> Mon, 19 Aug 2013 18:09:28 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 6515 at http://wfpl.org Louisville Councilwoman Attica Scott Talks Vacant Properties With Senator Rand Paul