Louisville Metro Councilman Jerry Miller http://wfpl.org en Does Mayor Greg Fischer's Proposed Capital Budget Stiff Louisville's East End? http://wfpl.org/post/does-mayor-greg-fischers-proposed-capital-budget-stiff-louisvilles-east-end <p>Louisville Mayor Greg <a href="http://wfpl.org/post/louisville-mayor-greg-fischer-proposes-lge-fee-fund-significant-public-safety-increase">Fischer's 2014-15 budget proposal</a> has $63.7 million slated for capital spending, a 60 percent increase compared to last year.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">But some Metro Council members are crying foul over the lack of funding for needed projects in the city's East End, which has experienced the greatest &nbsp;population growth in recent years.</span></p> Wed, 28 May 2014 20:15:30 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 9438 at http://wfpl.org Does Mayor Greg Fischer's Proposed Capital Budget Stiff Louisville's East End? 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 Louisville Councilman Jerry Miller Urging City to Leave Kentucky Retirement System http://wfpl.org/post/louisville-councilman-jerry-miller-urging-city-leave-kentucky-retirement-system <p>Saying it could save the city millions, Republican Louisville Metro Councilman Jerry Miller is filing a <a href="https://docs.google.com/a/louisvillepublicmedia.org/viewer?a=v&amp;pid=gmail&amp;attid=0.1&amp;thid=141e07b48b653322&amp;mt=application/pdf&amp;url=https://mail.google.com/mail/u/0/?ui%3D2%26ik%3Dd7186f6487%26view%3Datt%26th%3D141e07b48b653322%26attid%3D0.1%26disp%3Dsafe%26zw&amp;sig=AHIEtbTERe3S8M9rkXQl2d1kAKUkr0ZXaQ">resolution that seeks to remove the city from the Kentucky retirement system</a>.</p><p>The non-binding measure will be considered later this week and requests the General Assembly revise state law to separate the County Employee Retirement System account from the overall state pension pool.</p><p>It also asks state lawmakers to give CERS an independent board from the Kentucky Employee Retirement System, which has been under a myriad of <a href="http://wfpl.org/post/retirement-official-says-pensions-systems-havent-used-controversial-placement-agents-recently">criticism for its management</a> and <a href="http://wfpl.org/post/pensioners-concerned-retirement-systems-woes">financial woes</a> over the past few years.</p><p>"Our costs continue to skyrocket in part because (the state system) is making decisions based on the KERS plan covering state employees, which is the second worst funded in the nation," says Miller.</p><p>The city's retirement costs have increased significantly over the past decade.</p><p>In 2004, pensions accounted for just over five percent of the city budget. Now about 15 percent of the Metro Government general fund is spent on retirement payments for public employees. Tue, 22 Oct 2013 23:57:04 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 7297 at http://wfpl.org Louisville Councilman Jerry Miller Urging City to Leave Kentucky Retirement System State Sen. Julie Denton Hopes to Bring 'Integrity' to Louisville Metro Council http://wfpl.org/post/state-sen-julie-denton-hopes-bring-integrity-louisville-metro-council <p>Saying she wants to bring integrity to City Hall, Republican state Sen. Julie Denton is forgoing re-election to run for Louisville Metro Council next year.</p><p>The surprise move means the longtime state lawmaker is leaving the GOP-controlled Senate, where she currently chairs the chamber’s Health and Welfare Committee, for a council dominated by Democrats.</p><p>"I've tried to play well with both sides of the aisle in both chambers while in Frankfort. I've never been a chairman who decided what bills are going to be heard based upon who the support of the bill was," says Denton. "If somebody's got good public policy I think we need to be moving that forward."</p><p>Joined by a handful of council Republicans who are supporting Denton's early bid, she is running on a platform to bring transparency and accountability to Metro Government.</p><p>Asked about the council's <a href="http://wfpl.org/post/barbara-shanklin-louisville-metro-council-let-me-regain-your-trust">public image in the aftermath of the Barbara Shanklin removal trial</a>, Denton says it was an unfortunate moment in council history that has put a "dark cloud" over the chamber.</p><p>"I wasn't there to hear the testimony and only read what was on the news. But based on the fact the majority found her guilty I found it surprising that she wasn't removed," she says.</p><p>Denton will be running for the seat currently held by Councilman Jerry Miller, who is leaving the council at the end of his term to make a bid for the state House next year. Mon, 09 Sep 2013 21:31:29 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 6771 at http://wfpl.org State Sen. Julie Denton Hopes to Bring 'Integrity' to Louisville Metro Council Republican State Senator Julie Denton Running for Louisville Metro Council http://wfpl.org/post/republican-state-senator-julie-denton-running-louisville-metro-council <p><strong>Update: </strong>State Sen. Julie Denton has announced Monday afternoon that she's running for Louisville Metro Council.</p><p><strong>Earlier: </strong>Republican <a href="http://www.lrc.ky.gov/legislator/s036.htm">state Sen. Julie Denton of Louisville</a> will not seek re-election next year, WFPL News has learned.</p><p><span class="st">A</span> spokesperson for Senate President Robert Stivers told the radio station Denton did not discuss her future plans, but informed Stivers this weekend she will not be filing to retain her east Louisville district seat in 2014.</p> Mon, 09 Sep 2013 17:36:07 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 6768 at http://wfpl.org Republican State Senator Julie Denton Running for Louisville Metro Council Louisville Councilman Jerry Miller Running for New State House Seat http://wfpl.org/post/louisville-councilman-jerry-miller-running-new-state-house-seat <p>Republican Louisville Metro Councilman Jerry Miller is running for a newly drawn state House district seat in next year's election.</p><p>District 36 is an open seat that was created during the special legislative session as part of the long-delayed redistricting plan based on the 2010 census.</p><p>According to the map, District 36 covers parts of east Louisville such the Eastwood, Fisherville and Lake Forest areas, and extends to south Pewee Valley in Oldham County.</p><p>Miller says he will serve out the remainder of his council term, but wants to take his advocacy for more fiscal responsibility and lower taxes to the General Assembly.</p><p>"I really felt that the issues that I cared most deeply about, which are pension reform, education, ethics. And particularly if we move down the path toward the local option sales tax it’s got to go through Frankfort before it can happen. So I want to be there," he says. Fri, 23 Aug 2013 20:52:39 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 6588 at http://wfpl.org Louisville Councilman Jerry Miller Running for New State House Seat Councilman Brent Ackerson Promises to Introduce 'Major Reforms' to Discretionary Spending http://wfpl.org/post/councilman-brent-ackerson-promises-introduce-major-reforms-discretionary-spending <p>A Louisville Metro Council committee is set to review a series of so-called "sweeping changes" covering discretionary spending introduced by city Republicans, but one Democrat argues they don't go far enough.</p><p>The council <a href="http://wfpl.org/post/louisville-metro-council-republicans-propose-sweeping-changes-discretionary-funds">GOP outlined a number of amendments to the neighborhood and capital accounts</a> last week to funds that lawmakers receive annually.</p><p>Among the more drastic changes are putting a $15,000 cap on the $75,000 neighborhood funds that go towards non-profit groups.</p><p>Republicans argue those taxpayer funds would be better spent towards infrastructure needs, but Democrats say their poorer district rely on social service and other groups programming.</p><p>Other proposed changes would&nbsp; tighten the definition of family members prohibited from benefiting from taxpayer-funded programs and bar the use of discretionary funds for constituent meals, cash incentives and employee bonuses.</p><p>But Democratic Councilman Brent <a href="https://twitter.com/LEOWeeklyNews/status/368099196303593472">Ackerson compared those reforms to "putting lipstick on a pig," </a>in an effort to grab headlines in the wake of the Barbara Shanklin expulsion trial.</p><p>"Everyone’s talking about the need for sweeping reforms and if we’re going to do sweeping reforms then let’s do some real ones not just some little feel good, rah-rah put the (public) back at ease when we’re really not doing anything," he says. "If this were a car engine we’re talking about a complete tune-up and overhaul. And what I’ve heard from a number of other folks, I call it an oil change and a kick in the tires."</p><p> Tue, 20 Aug 2013 18:00:57 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 6535 at http://wfpl.org Councilman Brent Ackerson Promises to Introduce 'Major Reforms' to Discretionary Spending Louisville Metro Council Republicans Propose 'Sweeping Changes' to Discretionary Funds http://wfpl.org/post/louisville-metro-council-republicans-propose-sweeping-changes-discretionary-funds <p>Calling past efforts to reform discretionary spending practices watered down, Louisville Metro Council Republicans unveiled a series of "sweeping changes" to neighborhood development funds.</p><p>The proposals come in the wake of Democratic Councilwoman Barbara Shanklin's expulsion trial. Shanklin avoided <a href="/post/barbara-shanklin-stay-louisville-metro-council-opposition-calls-decision-embarrassing">removal over charges of alleged misconduct </a>and unethical use of taxpayer money by just one vote.</p><p>Among the changes being touted by GOP members are for the majority of discretionary funds to be used on capital projects rather than towards non-profit groups.</p><p>Each council members receives $75,000 in Neighborhood Development Funds, $100,000 in Capital Infrastructure Funds and $30,000 for office expenses.</p><p>Republicans hold a nine-member minority on the council, but are seeking to cap the neighborhood accounts at $15,000 while allocating the rest for infrastructure needs.</p><p>Councilman Ken Fleming, R-7, says past efforts to amend spending rules have been ineffective and too slow, adding that GOP lawmakers believe it’s important to act now in order to restore the public's trust.</p><p>"We decided after what happened over these past two weeks to go ahead and make this more permanent, more accountable and more transparent," he says. "We want to have the strongest confidence that the public has in us as well as making sure that we elevate and solidify the trust has in using taxpayer’s money." Fri, 16 Aug 2013 00:59:39 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 6481 at http://wfpl.org Louisville Metro Council Republicans Propose 'Sweeping Changes' to Discretionary Funds Louisville Free Public Library Ignores East End, Councilman Says http://wfpl.org/post/louisville-free-public-library-ignores-east-end-councilman-says <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Louisville's free public library system is ignoring East End residents and facilities according to one Metro Council member.</span></p><p>Statistics show libraries in neighborhoods such as St. Matthews, Middletown and Jeffersontown have some of the highest visitor and book checkout rates.</p><p>For instance, the St. Matthews location has approximately 435,000 checkouts per year behind only the main branch in downtown. But suburban patrons have complained they’re being underserved, and lawmakers representing the areas are raising their voices, saying the structures are too small and in need of major renovations.</p><p>"If you factor in the facilities or if you factor in square footage, practically anyway you look at it we get one half the service, the library space and one half the access. The people east of (Browns Lane) line, that is where the growth has been. In the census, some districts grew 30 percent," says Councilman Jerry Miller, R-19.</p><p> Mon, 10 Jun 2013 15:16:05 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 5709 at http://wfpl.org Louisville Free Public Library Ignores East End, Councilman Says Louisville Metro Council Approves City Purchasing Colonial Gardens http://wfpl.org/post/louisville-metro-council-approves-city-purchasing-colonial-gardens <p>The Louisville Metro Council approved an ordinance that will allow the city to purchase the Colonial Gardens property by a 16-3 vote.</p><p>Mayor Greg <a href="http://wfpl.org/post/mayor-greg-fischer-proposes-buying-colonial-gardens-boost-south-end">Fischer asked lawmakers in April to allocate $430,000</a> to buy the historic South End property, which was the site of Louisville's first zoo and is now owned by an out-of-state trust.</p><p>For over a decade the structure has been idle and vacant, due in part to its out-of-state owners and historic preservation status.</p><p>City lawmakers were initially hesitant about the idea, and sought more information about the viability for private development. But its easy passage means the mayor can now move forward and sell Colonial Gardens to a developer.</p><p>"When running for office I promised my constituents I would work to develop the property. I am appreciative of the mayor and his economic development team for being such great partners as we continue to improve south Louisville together," says Councilman David Yates, D-25, who supported the ordinance. "While it has been a bumpy road we are very excited about the commitment to this shared goal." Fri, 07 Jun 2013 00:24:00 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 5681 at http://wfpl.org Louisville Metro Council Approves City Purchasing Colonial Gardens