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6:57 am
Wed April 16, 2014

High-Profile Bills Falter on Last Day of Kentucky General Assembly Session

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FRANKFORT—Kentucky lawmakers squabbled until midnight, turning the final day of the 2014 Kentucky General Assembly into a last-minute dash that saw many promising bills fail to clear the House and Senate.

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Politics
10:14 pm
Mon March 31, 2014

Kentucky General Assembly Passes New State Budget, See the Highlights Here

  FRANKFORT—After a marathon negotiation session this weekend, the Kentucky General Assembly gave speedy passage to a slew of budget bills that gave raises to judicial employees and restored funding for K-12 education while also reducing safety inspections for mines and possibly prohibiting the commonwealth from funding local implementation of the Affordable Care Act.

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Politics
10:02 am
Mon March 31, 2014

Highlights of the Kentucky State Budget Compromise

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  FRANKFORT—State House and Senate leaders have agreed on the details of a $20.3 billion biennial state budget that largely preserves Gov. Steve Beshear's intention to restore funding for K-12 education. A final vote on the plan is expected late Monday night.

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Politics
6:07 pm
Sat March 29, 2014

Kentucky State Budget Battle Shifts Focus to Rupp Arena Renovations

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  FRANKFORT—Kentucky state lawmakers spent the first several hours of a Saturday afternoon budget conference haranguing one another for Washington-style politicking and discussing whether to use state bonds to finance portions of a $310 million renovation plan for the University of Kentucky's Rupp Arena.

The fourth consecutive day of budget negotiations between House Democratic and Senate GOP leadership began with heightened levels of rancor, with each side blaming the other for adhering to politics that invoked the specters of Presidents Barack Obama and George W. Bush.

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Politics
6:56 am
Tue March 25, 2014

Kentucky Senate Passes Budget Plan That Differs From House Version

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The Kentucky Senate passed its version of a two-year $20-billion budget. The lengthy document will end up in a House-Senate Conference Committee where a key House leader expects successful passage this session.

The Democratic-led House and the Republican-led Senate have budgets that differ in a number of areas. The senate plan restores funding for higher education, but cuts out most projects, including those on university campuses. 

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Politics
8:08 pm
Tue March 11, 2014

Kentucky House Committee Approves Budget Plan, 'Virtually the Same' as Gov. Steve Beshear's Proposal

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Kentucky lawmakers have a month remaining in the 2014 legislative session, and in that time they must pass a new state budget.

The House Appropriations and Revenue Committee has approved a series of bills, including a modified version of the governor's proposed $20.3 billion, two-year budget.

Committee Chair Rick Rand says his chamber’s version is “virtually the same” as Gov. Steve Beshear's draft.

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3:57 pm
Mon March 10, 2014

House's Kentucky Budget Proposal Similar to Gov. Steve Beshear's

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FRANKFORT — A budget proposal in the Kentucky House will closely resemble the $20 billion biennial budget outlined by Gov. Steve Beshear.

House Appropriations and Revenue chair Rick Rand says that that chamber’s budget will be virtually the same as the governor’s, specifically in the area of education. It largely preserves Beshear’s requests for the funding formula known as SEEK and implements raises for teachers.

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Politics
9:31 am
Wed February 19, 2014

Kentucky Juvenile Justice Department Feeling Strains of State's Pension Issues

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Kentucky’s pension woes are putting a strain on the Department of Juvenile Justice.

Commissioner Hasan Davis told lawmakers on the House Budget Review Subcommittee on Justice and the Judiciary this week that the Department of Juvenile Justice is struggling.

Years of employee attrition, program reductions and budget fluctuations have strained the agency.

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Education
3:03 pm
Wed January 29, 2014

Where Would Increased K-12 Education Funding Leave Kentucky's State Universities?

U of L student body president Carrie Mattingly says she's planning multiple trips to the state capitol this year to advocate for more higher education funds.

As the University of Louisville's student government president, Carrie Mattingly's job is to be the voice of her peers—and she said tuition increases hurt student wallets. But so do other costs associated with college.

“Housing has gotten to be a really sizable cost," she said. "If you don’t plan for it it’s really difficult to cover that with a part time job."

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Education
2:44 pm
Tue January 28, 2014

Beshear's Budget Supports 'Commonwealth College' to Help Working Adults Finish Degrees

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Working adults in Kentucky could soon have another option for completing their college degrees.

That option is called the Commonwealth College, which would be an online program that would allow students to complete work at their own pace. 

Although Gov.  Steve Beshear’s latest budget proposal cut higher education by 2.5 percent, or $23 million, there were some bright spots for public colleges and universities.

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