Jonathan Meador

Frankfort Bureau Chief

Jonathan Meador

 Jonathan Meador is the Frankfort Bureau chief for Kentucky Public Radio. 

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11:29 pm
Tue January 7, 2014

Kentucky House, Senate Leaders React to Gov. Steve Beshear's State of the Commonwealth

Robert Stivers
Credit Rae Hodge/Kentucky Public Radio

FRANKFORT — Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear gave his seventh State of the Commonwealth address on Tuesday, and leaders from both General Assembly chambers—and both parties—had quick reaction.

Senate President Robert Stivers voiced opposition to the governor's support of a statewide smoking ban, saying that although he does not smoke, he supports an individual's choice to do so.

Related: State of the Commonwealth: Beshear Says Kentucky's Momentum in Jeopardy

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7:19 pm
Tue January 7, 2014

State of the Commonwealth: Beshear Says Kentucky's Momentum in Jeopardy

Steve Beshear
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FRANKFORT — Gov. Steve Beshear's seventh State of the Commonwealth address was at a once a plea for reinvestments in education, a nebulous call for tax reform and a self-congratulatory pat on the back for Kentucky's deft implementation of the federal healthcare law.

Speaking to lawmakers on the first day of the 2014 legislative session, Beshear took pride in what he described as six years of progress in changing perceptions about the state on a national level.

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5:14 pm
Tue January 7, 2014

Kentucky House's First Session Dominated by John Arnold Investigation Fallout

John Arnold
Credit Jonathan Meador/WFPL News

Note: WFPL will broadcast live special coverage of Gov. Steve Beshear's State of the Commonwealth address at 7 tonight via KET. Tune in to 89.3 or stream at WFPL.org.

The 2014 Kentucky General Assembly began Tuesday, but discussion was dominated by fallout from a committee tasked with investigating sexual harassment claims against a former lawmaker.

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3:49 pm
Tue January 7, 2014

Kentucky Budget Facing $3.6 Billion Spending Gap

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Note: WFPL will broadcast live special coverage of Gov. Steve Beshear's State of the Commonwealth address at 7 tonight via KET. Tune in to 89.3 or stream atWFPL.org.  

FRANKFORT — As lawmakers kick off the inaugural day of the 2014 General Assembly, the scope of the state's dire budgetary situation is coming into focus: Legislators will have to find a way to come up with $3.6 billion to fully fund budget requests from state agencies.

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9:58 am
Tue January 7, 2014

What to Expect from the 2014 Kentucky General Assembly

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As temperatures in Kentucky slowly climb out of the polar abyss, 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.

The session starts Tuesday.

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Politics
6:26 am
Mon January 6, 2014

Lawsuit Claims Western Kentucky Lawmaker Misused Company Funds for Campaign

Ben Waide
Credit Legislative Research Commission

A Western Kentucky lawmaker is accused of using company money to inappropriately fund campaign activities.

A complaint filed by shareholders of Liberty Rehabilitation alleges that Rep. Ben Waide used over $30,000 of that business's funds to bankroll campaigning.

Waide is the company’s president, and the suit further alleges the Maidsonville Republican used company money to pay for unauthorized massages and a trip to St. Louis with his wife. Further, it claims he pocketed official state travel reimbursements charged to Liberty’s account.

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Politics
5:22 pm
Fri January 3, 2014

Speaker: Kentucky House May Still Investigate John Arnold Sexual Harassment Allegations

John Arnold
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FRANKFORT—The Kentucky House may take up further investigation into allegations of sexual harassment in the Statehouse.

Late last year, a committee looking into allegations against former Representative John Arnold disbanded without launching a formal investigation. House Speaker Greg Stumbo told reporters Friday that he received a letter from the chair of that panel.

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4:02 pm
Fri January 3, 2014

Kentucky House Speaker Greg Stumbo: Let's Make the Minimum Wage $10.10

Greg Stumbo
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Kentucky House Speaker Greg Stumbo is sponsoring legislation that would raise the state's minimum wage.

House Bill 1 would raise the rate from $7.25 an hour to $10.10 an hour over three years.

The increase is needed to keep wages in line with inflation, and would help struggling working-class families across the state, Stumbo says.

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Politics
6:55 am
Fri January 3, 2014

Kentucky's State Budget Outlook Worst in Recent Memory, Report Says

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A survey of Kentucky's economy says lawmakers have a choice between reinvesting in services or making more cuts to government.

The report says $250 million in additional revenue won’t be enough to meet the state’s most pressing needs. The report was  released Thursday by the Kentucky Center for Economic Policy.

Director Jason Bailey says this is the worst outlook in recent memory, and lawmakers must find ways to increase revenues to reverse the negative effects of budget cuts.

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Politics
3:49 pm
Thu January 2, 2014

Kentucky State Auditor Plans to Contact Mayor Greg Fischer About KFC Yum Center

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Kentucky State Auditor Adam Edelen will soon contact Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer to discuss a potential audit of the KFC Yum Center.

The arena recently suffered a downgrade of its debt to junk status.  Louisville Metro Councilman Dan Johnson is calling for an audit.

Auditor's office spokeswoman Stephanie Hoelscher says Edelen will call Fischer about the matter soon.

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