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10:00 am
Fri December 20, 2013

Kentucky's General Fund Expected to Grow 2.5 Percent Over Next 2 Fiscal Years

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A panel of nonpartisan economists reports that Kentucky’s General Fund is expected to grow by just over 2.5 percent over the next two fiscal years.

That'll bring in about half a billion dollars. But in next year's budget, half of that will likely go toward pension payments, inflation on medical care costs and paying down nearly $160 million of a structural budget deficit.

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Politics
11:31 pm
Wed December 18, 2013

Court Filing: Former Kentucky Rep. John Arnold Allegedly Inappropriately Touched Colleague

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Former Kentucky state Rep. John Arnold allegedly inappropriately touched a House colleague, according to new filings in a sexual harassment civil suit by two Statehouse staff members.

In a pair of responses to discovery requests, Legislative Research Commission employees Yolanda Costner and Cassaundra Cooper allege that Rep. Sannie Overly, D-Paris, was inappropriately touched by Arnold.

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Politics
2:11 pm
Wed December 18, 2013

Governor, Others Must Drive to Farthest East, West Points in Kentucky, Legislator Proposes

Steve Beshear
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A Kentucky lawmaker has pre-filed a bill that would require many state leaders—including the governor—to visit the state’s most eastern and western counties before taking office.

State Rep. Kenny Imes, a Murray Republican, has sponsored the bill. It requires policy makers in the executive cabinet and their deputies to drive—not fly—to Fulton and Pike Counties at least six months before they take office. It does not reimburse their travel costs.

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Politics
8:59 am
Wed December 18, 2013

PPP: Kentucky Voters Favor GOP Takeover of State Government

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A growing number Kentucky voters want Republicans to assume control of the governor's office and most will support the GOP in state legislative elections, according to a new survey released this week.

The results are a good sign for the GOP as prospective contenders for the 2015 gubernatorial contest and as the Democratic majority narrows in the House.

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Politics
6:46 am
Wed December 18, 2013

Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear's Budget Will Seek to Reinvest in Education

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Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear says he'll look at expanded gaming and tax reform to shore up budget shortfalls and to help pay for reinvestments in education.

In a sit-down interview with reporters in his Capitol office, Beshear said he would try to find money to put toward school safety and textbooks.

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Local News
9:49 am
Tue December 17, 2013

Kentucky's Next Budget May Have $450 Million Shortfall

Greg Stumbo
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New revenue in Kentucky’s upcoming biennial budget will not be enough to account for an estimated $450 million shortfall.

Lawmakers expect about $230 million in new revenue to be available for the budget. But House Speaker Greg Stumbo recently told a group of Kentucky’s top business leaders that more than half of that money will be used to pay down the state’s pension debt.

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Local News
4:02 pm
Fri December 13, 2013

Kentucky Senate President: Expanded Gambling Supporters Need 'Consistent Voice' to Win Passage

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Kentucky’s top Republican lawmaker says pending legislation that would expand gaming across the Commonwealth will need strong, unified support.

Republican Senate President Robert Stivers told a group of Kentucky’s top business leaders this week that if backers of expanded gaming want the issue to finally pass, then they’ll have to present a united front.

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Politics
3:50 pm
Thu December 12, 2013

Kentucky House Committee Investigating John Arnold Case Ends Without Investigating Arnold

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FRANKFORT—After nearly four months without interviewing a witness or investigating a shred of evidence, the special House committee investigating sexual harassment allegations against a former state lawmaker voted Thursday afternoon to end its operations.

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Politics
9:31 pm
Tue December 10, 2013

Republican Suzanne Miles to Replace Democrat John Arnold in Kentucky House

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Republican Suzanne Miles has won a special election in Kentucky’s 7th House District.

Miles, an Owensboro field representative for GOP Rep. Brett Guthrie, earned over 3,500 votes in her race against Democrat Kim Humphrey, community affairs director for Alliance Coal.

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Education
5:52 pm
Tue December 10, 2013

Kentucky Chamber of Commerce Hosts Debate on Charter Schools

Wayne Lewis and Mary Ruple
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LEXINGTON — As one of eight states without charter school legislation on its books, the debate in Kentucky is only getting louder as the January session of the General Assembly draws closer.

Wayne Lewis of the Kentucky Charter Schools Association and charter opponent Mary Ruble, assistant executive director of the Kentucky Education Association, duked it out over the course of an hour in a debate hosted by the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce.

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