state of the city 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' Fischer Lobbies for Local Option Sales Tax, Pension Reform in State of City Address http://wfpl.org/post/fischer-lobbies-local-option-sales-tax-pension-reform-state-city-address <p>Mayor Greg Fischer says Louisville’s economy is rebounding from the national recession, but the city still faces a large budget shortfall due to rising pension costs.</p><p>Fischer made the comments at his annual State of the City address before the Rotary Club at the Kentucky Center for African-American Heritage. This year's speech was slightly more upbeat than previous ones, with the mayor arguing that Louisville is becoming more entrepreneurial.</p><p>The Metro area has added 22,000 jobs and unemployment has dropped by almost four percent in the last two years. But challenges remain, namely Metro Government's hefty budget deficits.</p><p>"Last year’s $25 million gap is now down to about $13-14 million out of a $500 million general fund. That’s still a lot of money. But we didn’t get into this problem in two years and we can’t solve it in two years," says Fischer.</p><p> Thu, 24 Jan 2013 23:05:04 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 3598 at http://wfpl.org Fischer Lobbies for Local Option Sales Tax, Pension Reform in State of City Address Mayor Fischer Moves State of the City Address to West Louisville http://wfpl.org/post/mayor-fischer-moves-state-city-address-west-louisville <p>Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer announced Monday he will deliver this year’s State of the City address at the <a href="http://www.kcaah.org/">Kentucky Center for African-American Heritage</a> in the Russell neighborhood.</p><p>The speech is scheduled for January 24 and is traditionally delivered before the Rotary Club in downtown. According to the mayor's office, Fischer wants to move the address to different parts of the city each year and the Rotary accepted the suggestion to move it to west Louisville.</p><p>"The annual speech is about the state of the entire city, so it’s only natural that it’s delivered in different areas of our great city," Fischer said in a news release.</p><p>The mayor also asked the group to open the event up to the public.</p><p> Mon, 07 Jan 2013 15:30:27 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 3290 at http://wfpl.org Mayor Fischer Moves State of the City Address to West Louisville