Louisville Metro Councilwoman Attica Scott

11:23 pm
Mon April 14, 2014

Louisville Minimum Wage Forum Highlights Tipped Worker's Struggles

A supporter of the minimum wage hike at Louisville City Hall
Credit Phillip M. Bailey

As lawmakers the nation over debate raising the minimum wage, one Louisville server says local elected leaders need to pay closer attention to the struggle of tipped employees especially.

Supporters of raising the pay rate to $10.10 testified before the Metro Council’s Community Affairs Committee Monday evening.

Less than a dozen people showed up and all voiced their support of the idea.

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3:22 pm
Wed April 9, 2014

Does Walmart Fit West Louisville’s Jobs and Economic Vision, Forum Asks

The proposed Walmart on 18th & Broadway
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Does Walmart fit with the vision of west Louisville's economic and jobs plan?

That was a question the Louisville Forum tackled Wednesday afternoon in a debate featuring some of the deal's vocal critics and supporters.

Metro Council Democrats Attica Scott and David Tandy took opposing views on the deal and the need for public subsidies.

The two grappled with what the $25 million project will mean for the area.

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1:30 pm
Mon March 24, 2014

Walmart Supercenter to be Built in West Louisville

A design of the Walmart Supercenter planned for 18th & Broadway
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Joined by Louisville Metro Council members, community leaders and neighborhood residents, Mayor Greg Fischer announced Monday that Walmart will build a supercenter at the old Philip Morris site.

The $25 million project is the largest investment in the city's West End in over a decade and is being heralded by supporters as a sign that its neighborhoods are "open for business."

Walmart plans to build a 155,000 square foot store that will be the size of nearly three football fields, which is expected to bring in over 300 jobs to the area.

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8:00 am
Mon March 17, 2014

Bill Raising Metro Louisville Minimum Wage Underway

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Louisville Metro Councilwoman Attica Scott, D-1, is moving forward with an ordinance that would eventually raise local workers' hourly wages to $10.10 over the next three years.

Last month, Scott asked for a legal opinion as to whether the council can mandate wage rates within the Metro area. The county attorney's office has said she can move forward with the bill while they seek more answers from the state Attorney General’s office about enforcing such a plan.

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3:50 pm
Wed February 26, 2014

Louisville Council Democrats' Probe to Possibly Remove Member Involves District 1 Primary Race

Councilwoman Attica Scott, D-1, and Challenger Jessica Green

An internal probe on whether to remove a Louisville Metro Council Democrat from the majority caucus involves the District 1 primary race.

Earlier this month, Democratic Caucus Chair Vicki Aubrey Welch alleged that a legislative aide for one of the members had been working to defeat an incumbent, which Welch said was in violation of their rules.

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5:51 pm
Tue February 18, 2014

Councilwoman Attica Scott Seeks to Raise Minimum Wage in Metro Louisville

Louisville Councilwoman Attica Scott, D-1,
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Democratic Councilwoman Attica Scott is seeking a legal opinion on whether city lawmakers can raise the minimum wage for all workers in Louisville Metro.

Scott is hoping to file an ordinance in the coming weeks that would mirror legislation in the Kentucky General Assembly. It would increase the hourly pay for employees to $10.10 per hour over the next three years.

"We are unsure at this point if we have the legislative authority to do that," she says.

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4:49 pm
Wed February 5, 2014

Potential Walmart Plays Role in Louisville Metro Council District 1 Election

Challenger Jessica Green (l) is taking on incumbent Attica Scott in the Metro Council District 1 Democratic primary.

The debate over a potential Walmart in west Louisville is beginning to influence a city election.

In the Democratic primary election for the Metro Council Distirct 1 seat, attorney Jessica Green is challenging incumbent Attica Scott in a closely watched contest.

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5:30 pm
Wed January 29, 2014

Late Louisville Councilwoman Judy Green’s Daughter Running for Mother’s Seat

Louisville attorney Jessica Green

The daughter of the late Louisville Metro Councilwoman Judy Green is running for the seat once occupied by her mother.

Attorney Jessica Green is a 32-year-old former prosecutor in the Commonwealth Attorney’s office who is running against incumbent Attica Scott in the Democratic primary.

Green's mother represented District 1, which covers parts of west and southwest Louisville, for five years.

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7:59 am
Wed November 13, 2013

'Walmart Deal' Coming to Philip Morris Site in West Louisville, Sources Say

The old Philip Morris site.
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A deal is in the works to bring a Walmart to west Louisville, sources close to the negotiations tell WFPL News.

Metro Government and the project’s developers, The Mardrian Group (TMG), have been trying for nearly a decade to bring a major retailer to a lot at the southwest corner of Dixie Highway and Broadway that was formerly occupied by a Philip Morris plant.

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2:09 pm
Mon August 19, 2013

Louisville Councilwoman Attica Scott Talks Vacant Properties With Senator Rand Paul

Democratic Louisville Councilwoman Attica Scott
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Saying neighborhood concerns come before partisan politics, Democratic Louisville Metro Councilwoman Attica Scott says she had a chance to discuss the problem of vacant and abandoned properties with Republican U.S. Senator Rand Paul recently.

Paul and Scott met at the Louisville Forum last week, where the senator was the featured speaker and addressed a number of issues.

Among the topics Paul talked about were voting rights for minorities where he said there is no evidence that African-Americans are being barred from U.S. elections more than whites.

But Scott—who is vice chair of the council's vacant properties committee—says despite their  political differences Paul is committed to keeping the lines of communication open dilapidated housing.

"I am more concerned about finding solutions to some of our most pressing infrastructure and neighborhood needs than about partisan politics," she says. "Senator Paul and I have ideological differences on some issues, but we agree that we must be more aggressive in addressing abandoned and vacant properties which is a mutual area of concern."

A report shows swaths of empty homes are concentrated in parts of Scott's district, where up to 30 percent of properties are vacant. In a statement, Paul said he is interested in Scott's perspective on how to remove those abandoned properties in west Louisville.

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