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Politics
2:56 pm
Thu February 20, 2014

Councilwoman Tina Ward-Pugh Disagrees with Mayor Greg Fischer's Endorsement in District 9 Primary

Louisville Metro Councilwoman Tina Ward-Pugh, D-9,
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Joining a chorus of Democratic candidates, retiring Louisville Metro Councilwoman Tina Ward-Pugh says she disagrees with Mayor Greg Fischer's decision to endorse in the District 9 primary race.

This past Saturday, Fischer announced he is supporting attorney Bill Hollander in a crowded field of 13 contenders.

Many of the council candidates running to replace Ward-Pugh, however, called the mayor's decision inappropriate.

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Politics
4:00 pm
Sun February 16, 2014

Metro Council Candidates Disappointed in Mayor Greg Fischer's Endorsement of Primary Opponent

Louisville Metro Council District 9 candidate Bill Hollander and Mayor Greg Fischer

Democrats vying for the Louisville Metro Council District 9 seat are disappointed Mayor Greg Fischer is endorsing one of their rivals in their primary election.

As WFPL’s Jacob Ryan reported, the mayor announced Saturday he is backing attorney Bill Hollander in a crowded field of 13 candidates.

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Politics
3:00 pm
Sat February 15, 2014

Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer Endorses Bill Hollander for Metro Council District 9

Louisville Metro Council candidate Bill Hollander (l) and Mayor Greg Fischer (r)

Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer is endorsing Democrat Bill Hollander in the District 9 Metro Council race.

Hollander is running against a dozen other candidates in a crowded primary field for the seat, which includes the Clifton Heights, Crescent Hill and St. Matthews neighborhoods.

This is the first candidate Fischer has officially endorsed for Metro Council since becoming mayor.

"I think this is a great opportunity for Louisville to have him on the council," Fischer says.

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Politics
3:46 pm
Wed February 12, 2014

Local Option Sales Tax Proposal Filed in Kentucky Senate as Mayor Greg Fischer Outlines More Details

Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer
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A Kentucky state senator has filed legislation to let residents vote on raising the local sales tax for special projects, but he is already doubting its passage in the 2014 legislative session.

Republican Paul Hornback of Shelbyville introduced the bill on Tuesday. It would allow local residents vote on temporary tax increases to pay for special projects.

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Politics
3:36 pm
Mon December 30, 2013

Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer Remains Confident in KFC Yum Center; Acknowledges Taxpayer Concerns

Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer
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Even though it's plagued by financial woes, Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer remains steadfast that the KFC Yum Center is a good deal for the city.

Two credit rating agencies have recently lowered the facility's bonds despite lobbying efforts by the Arena Authority to upgrade the rating.

In the last budget, the city increased its contribution to pay off the arena debt from $6.5 million to $9.8 million a year.

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Politics
8:00 am
Mon December 2, 2013

Hal Heiner: JCPS Equity Scorecard Results Are 'Unacceptable'

Kentucky Charter Schools Association Chair Hal Heiner

Jefferson County Public School officials and supporters are hoping a new report displaying student inequity will get the community more involved to help close achievement gaps parallel with the so-called Ninth Street Divide.

But one community leader argues the numbers should be a catalyst for elected leaders and others to open their minds up to alternative educational options for students who aren't being left behind in Louisville's public school system.

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Politics
1:32 pm
Wed November 20, 2013

Jefferson County Official: Fiscal Court Building 'Probably Needs To Be In the Graveyard'

The Fiscal Court building in downtown Louisville

A Jefferson County official is furious with the lack of maintenance at his offices and wants Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer's administration to do more to address the needs of city buildings.

This comes as the Louisville Metro Council is looking at fixing the malfunctioning escalators at the Hall of Justice, which has been a headache for visitors and public officials over the past few years.

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Politics
11:20 am
Fri October 25, 2013

Mayor Greg Fischer Asks Louisville Water Co. to Reduce Proposed 5 Percent Rate Hike

Louisville Water Tower

Mayor Greg Fischer is calling on the Louisville Water Co. to reconsider a proposed 5 percent rate increase set to take effect Jan. 1.

The water company's board discussed a possible hike last week citing a drop in consumption due to a cooler than expected summer. It would be the fourth consecutive year the company has increased its rates and would raise the average monthly bill by $1.

But Fischer says the utility company can find savings and make cuts to come up the difference rather than pass the cost on to customers.

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Politics
2:59 pm
Tue October 1, 2013

Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer Blames 'Extreme' GOP Wing for Government Shutdown

Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer

Calling it Washington, D.C., "silliness," Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer is blaming the government shutdown on a faction in the Republican Party, which he argues is holding the country hostage.

The mayor's comments come as federal lawmakers appear to be further entrenched in their positions.

Congress failed to reach a budget deal on Monday to finance the government and certain services.

Earlier Tuesday, the Senate rejected the latest House effort to hold a conference ,and no meetings between President Obama and congressional leaders have been set.

Fischer, a Democrat, joined a chorus of elected officials outside of Washington who are scolding lawmakers over the shutdown and its possible effects on state and local governments.

"If there’s a prolonged shutdown that’s going to affect the confidence of people and that’s not going to be good for business. We do not need to go back into another recession because of this silliness that’s going on in Washington, D.C. right now where people can’t come together on agreement," he says.

This shutdown is the first in nearly two decades, and its biggest impact thus far is the furloughing of around 800,000 federal employees across the country. As of 2011, approximately 9,000 federal employees were working in Louisville, but not all of them will be furloughed if they’re considered essential personnel.

A number of monuments and agencies have already announced their closures, such as the Library of Congress and National Zoo with more expected this week.

In the first day of the shutdown, many lawmakers spent the day trying to avoid taking the political blame.

Speaking on the Senate Tuesday, Republican Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky once again criticized Democrats for killing the fourth measure out of the GOP-controlled House.

"They’ve now said they won’t even agree to sit down and work out our differences. They won’t even talk about it. They literally just voted against working out a compromise," he says.

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Politics
4:30 pm
Wed September 25, 2013

Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer Pitches Local Option Sales Tax to State Lawmakers

Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer
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Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer says a sales tax option is fundamentally about residents having the right to vote on paying for local projects.

Fischer joined the Lexington Mayor Jim Gray and county leaders from across the state in the state capitol to discuss the proposal at a General Assembly committee hearing Wednesday.

The specifics of a proposed local option sales tax in Kentucky haven't been revealed, but in general it would allow voters to approve a 1-percent tax increase that would go toward specific efforts such as new infrastructure.

Fischer says cities need a more diversified revenue stream but stressed any tax hike would be temporary.

"It’s outside of the general fund. It’s specific. So if it’s on the ballot it’ll identify the project, how much it costs, the duration of construction and it’s temporary. It’s going to go away," he said. "Now if people want to vote a new project back in they can do that. But once the specified amount of money is raised this tax sunsets and goes away.

State lawmakers have given mixed reviews while saying they will keep an open mind about the proposal.

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