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1:41 pm
Fri March 7, 2014

Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer's Push for Local Option Sales Tax Criticized From the Left

Greg Fischer
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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. But Fischer, a Democrat,  is facing opposition to the plan—from the left.

In a 15-minute pitch in Frankfort, Fischer extolled the civic virtues of a sales tax that he says would be used to fund local projects chosen by committee and placed on a ballot before voters.

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5:45 pm
Thu February 6, 2014

The Onion: Greg Fischer Smote a Fire Troll

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Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer saved the Parkwood neighborhood (that's near Iroquois Park) from a tormenting fire troll, The Onion reported on Thursday.

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3:01 pm
Thu February 6, 2014

Jackie Green is Running for Louisville Mayor Again

Jackie Green owns Bike Couriers Bike Shops.
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Arguing that incumbent Greg Fischer has failed the city in critical ways, Jackie Green will  again running for Louisville Metro mayor.

Green, a 61-year-old transportation activist and small business owner, will enter the race as an independent.  Fischer, a Democrat, and Republican Robert Devore are the only candidates who filed for the May primary.

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Local News
2:58 pm
Wed January 29, 2014

Here's Who's Running for Louisville Metro Offices in 2014

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Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer will have a Republican challenger in the 2014 election. And the Democratic primary for the Louisville Metro Council district being vacated by Tina Ward-Pugh will have 13 candidates. Four Council members will have no challenger at all, barring independents entering the races.

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5:34 pm
Tue January 28, 2014

Will Anyone Challenge Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer?

Greg Fischer
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Barring an unforeseen development, Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer will have no serious Democratic primary or Republican challenger in the 2014 election.

The filing deadline for the primary elections closed this afternoon. It won't be known for sure who's in the race until the official rosters are released on Wednesday afternoon; as of Tuesday's last update, no candidates besides Fischer had filed to run for Louisville mayor.

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Local News
4:06 pm
Thu January 16, 2014

Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer's State of the City: 'We've Got to Up Our Game'

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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.

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.

“We’re not investing fast enough in our built environment, not when we compare ourselves to the best growing cities around the world,” said Fischer,  speaking to a full room in the Triple Crown Club at Churchill Downs.

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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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Local News
5:31 pm
Mon December 2, 2013

Louisville Group Tasked With Bolstering Bourbon, Food Tourism in City

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Mayor Greg Fischer has formed a work group charged with finding ways to promote Louisville as a top destination for food and spirits.

The plan will include creating a downtown bourbon tourism center for people to catch buses to visit distilleries throughout Kentucky. The idea is, in part, to make the city the "gateway of the Kentucky Bourbon Trail," which drew 509,292 visitors in 2012.

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Local News
7:00 pm
Tue September 10, 2013

Ken Fleming: Local Option Sales Tax is an Option, but Louisville Must Address Taxes, Revenue

Janet Kelly and Ken Fleming
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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.

“We’ll keep flipping around like a fish on a dock," Fleming said on Tuesday.

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.  

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Local News
2:44 pm
Sun January 27, 2013

West Louisville Space Gives City Something Rare to Offer—Plenty of Land

Vacant land at 30th and Muhammad Ali.
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The announcement last week that the city had purchased 30 acres in west Louisville with the purpose of redeveloping it spotlights a key issue for job creation in Louisville—the lack of large swaths of land that can be used for advance manufacturing.

The city is buying the acreage at 30th and Muhammad Ali Boulevard from the state for $1.2 million; $750,ooo of which comes from a settlement in an unrelated dispute and the rest from funds set aside for redeveloping brown space. 

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