local option sales tax http://wfpl.org en Listen: In News Special, Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer Discusses Downtown Violence, Walmart and More http://wfpl.org/post/listen-news-special-louisville-mayor-greg-fischer-discusses-downtown-violence-walmart-and-more <p>Mayor Greg Fischer joined us &nbsp;Monday afternoon for an hour-long call-in special. He discussed the <a href="http://wfpl.org/term/2014-louisville-budget-proposal">city budget</a>, downtown violence (and the <a href="http://wfpl.org/post/listen-misidentified-4-say-they-have-lost-faith-louisville-metro-police">alleged racial profiling</a> that followed in its wake), and other recent developments in Louisville.</p><p>Listen below:</p> Mon, 30 Jun 2014 19:20:20 +0000 Laura Ellis 9675 at http://wfpl.org Listen: In News Special, Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer Discusses Downtown Violence, Walmart and More Kentucky's Local Option Sales Tax Push Gets Boost From Speaker Greg Stumbo http://wfpl.org/post/kentuckys-local-option-sales-tax-push-gets-boost-speaker-greg-stumbo <p>A push to allow Kentucky's local governments to fund projects with &nbsp;a 1-percent sales tax increase has won the support of key leadership in the state House.</p><p>All it took was a conversation between House Speaker Greg Stumbo and Gov. Steve&nbsp;Beshear, both Democrats.</p><p>After spending the past 50 days of the session criticizing the measure championed by Democratic Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer, Stumbo says he now supports legislation to allow local governments to fund capital construction projects with a new sales tax.</p> Fri, 21 Mar 2014 10:36:01 +0000 Jonathan Meador 8932 at http://wfpl.org Kentucky's Local Option Sales Tax Push Gets Boost From Speaker Greg Stumbo Local Option Sales Tax Gets Support From All Living Kentucky Governors http://wfpl.org/post/local-option-sales-tax-gets-support-all-living-kentucky-governors <p>Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer's push for a local option sales tax in Kentucky has gotten support from all the state's living former governors.</p><p>Fischer is again scheduled to testify Tuesday to a House committee about the taxing option, which would allow communities to impose a temporary sales tax to fund specific projects with voter approval. &nbsp;Fischer expects the committee to vote on <a href="http://www.lrc.ky.gov/record/14RS/HB399.htm">the proposal.</a></p> Tue, 11 Mar 2014 11:01:55 +0000 Joseph Lord 8825 at http://wfpl.org Local Option Sales Tax Gets Support From All Living Kentucky Governors Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer's Push for Local Option Sales Tax Criticized From the Left http://wfpl.org/post/louisville-mayor-greg-fischers-push-local-option-sales-tax-criticized-left <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer is continuing his push for the local option sales tax, which would let communities vote on temporary sales tax increases to fund projects.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">But</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;Fischer, a Democrat, &nbsp;is facing opposition to the plan—from the left.</span></p> Fri, 07 Mar 2014 18:41:48 +0000 Jonathan Meador 8807 at http://wfpl.org Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer's Push for Local Option Sales Tax Criticized From the Left Local Option Sales Tax Proposal Filed in Kentucky Senate as Mayor Greg Fischer Outlines More Details http://wfpl.org/post/local-option-sales-tax-proposal-filed-kentucky-senate-mayor-greg-fischer-outlines-more-details <p>A Kentucky state senator has filed legislation to let residents vote on raising the local sales tax for special projects, but he is already doubting its passage in the 2014 legislative session.</p><p>Republican Paul Hornback of Shelbyville introduced <a href="http://www.lrc.ky.gov/record/14RS/SB135.htm">the bill</a> on Tuesday. It would allow local residents vote on temporary tax increases to pay for special projects.</p> Wed, 12 Feb 2014 20:46:43 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 8570 at http://wfpl.org Local Option Sales Tax Proposal Filed in Kentucky Senate as Mayor Greg Fischer Outlines More Details 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' 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 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 Lawmakers to Discuss Local Option Sales Tax http://wfpl.org/post/kentucky-lawmakers-discuss-local-option-sales-tax <p>A committee in the Kentucky General Assembly will discuss the idea of giving local voters an option to raise their sales tax to fund special projects.</p><p>State lawmakers tell WFPL they are keeping an open mind, but some cite a recent study showing Louisville is already a heavily tax-burdened city.</p><p>For the past year, Mayor Greg Fischer has been lobbying the General Assembly and others to support the idea.</p><p>The specifics haven't been unveiled, but in general a local option would allow voters to approve a temporary 1-percent tax increase that would go towards specific efforts such as new infrastructure.</p><p>A report conducted by the University of Louisville found <a href="http://wfpl.org/post/study-local-option-sales-tax-would-generate-significant-revenue-burden-louisville-taxpayers">such as tool could generate up to $138 million in revenue</a> for the city.</p><p>Democratic state Rep. Steve Riggs of Louisville is co-chair of the Interim Committee on Local Government, which is holding a hearing to discuss the proposal on Wednesday.</p><p>He says a temporary tax is an intriguing idea, but it is important legislators learn more about the proposal.</p><p>"I'm leaning for it because I see so many other communities around the nation that do it and I love letting the citizen decide and giving the citizen the liberty to determine where there money goes without sending it to Frankfort first and then it goes somewhere else. I love that part of it,” he says.</p><p> Tue, 24 Sep 2013 18:00:00 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 6954 at http://wfpl.org Kentucky Lawmakers to Discuss Local Option Sales Tax Ken Fleming: Local Option Sales Tax is an Option, but Louisville Must Address Taxes, Revenue http://wfpl.org/post/ken-fleming-local-option-sales-tax-option-louisville-must-address-taxes-revenue <p>Louisville Metro Councilman Ken Fleming sees nuance with the potential adoption of a local option sales tax in Kentucky and in the city. But he doesn't see nuance if nothing is done.</p><p>“We’ll keep flipping around like a fish on a dock," Fleming said on Tuesday.</p><p>The East Louisville Republican was introducing on Tuesday a study he'd commissioned on the effects of a local option sales tax, which generally allows local governments to issue a sales tax to fund projects. &nbsp;</p> Tue, 10 Sep 2013 23:00:00 +0000 Joseph Lord 6788 at http://wfpl.org Ken Fleming: Local Option Sales Tax is an Option, but Louisville Must Address Taxes, Revenue