About Don Weber

Don Weber joined cn|2 when it launched back in May 2010 and soon became a reporter for Pure Politics. He is a graduate of Northern Kentucky University and has spent many years covering everything from politics to sports. Don says he loves meeting new people everyday as part of his job and also enjoys the fact that no two days are the same when he comes to work.

Local-option sales tax top priority for House in 2015

12/19/2014 06:48 PM

House leadership says giving voters in local communities the power to vote on temporary tax increases to fund local projects will be their priority piece of legislation for the upcoming 2015 session. House Speaker Greg Stumbo, D-Prestonsburg, House Majority Whip Tommy Thompson, D-Philpot, House Minority Leader Jeff Hoover, R-Jamestown, along with Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer, Lexington Mayor Jim Gray and Daviess County Judge-Executive Al Mattingly were on hand on Friday for the announcement. The local-option sales-tax, known as LIFT, which stands for... Read more 

Philosophical divide over prevailing wage apparent in interim committee meeting on report

12/16/2014 07:48 PM

Kentucky’s prevailing wage laws have increased labor costs for school projects and Financial Cabinet projects over what the labor costs would have been if workers were paid the wage they earned on private projects according to a Legislative Research Commission report. The report titled, “How Kentucky’s Prevailing Wage Laws Affect Public Construction,” presented on Tuesday to the Program Review and Investigations Committee by the Legislative Research Commission, was ultimately not adopted by the committee. Kentucky’s current prevailing wage law specifies that contractors... Read more 

Northern Kentucky Chamber lists priorities for 2015 including LIFT

12/16/2014 09:10 AM

CRESCENT SPRINGS — The Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce is focusing on eight initiatives in the upcoming 2015 legislative session, including a local option sales tax proposal which is being pushed across the state by the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce. The local sales tax option requires the General Assembly to provide a Constitutional Amendment to be voted on state-wide. If passed, any sales tax increase would then be put on the ballot. “It’s a tool for local governments who have... Read more 

Some familiar bills to reappear for 2015 legislative session

12/09/2014 02:00 PM

The 2015 legislative session could be the session of bills getting second and third tries, according to lawmakers at the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce legislative preview Monday. One bill, which both Republicans and Democrats say is a priority in 2015, is legislation to combat the heroin epidemic which is affecting a growing number of areas in the state. During the 2014 session a heroin bill failed to pass the state House in the final hours of the session. Rep. John Tilley,... Read more 

Oldham County targets both exceptional and at-risk students for academic success

12/09/2014 09:45 AM

BUCKNER — Oldham County Schools have traditionally been one of the top performing districts in the state, having received a distinguished rating and ranked 7th overall in the state in the 2013/ 2014 Kentucky Department of Education rankings. Even though Oldham County is a strong performing school district, administrators admit that one of the keys in the districts overall success is that all students, even at-risk students with some barriers, are targeted through innovative programs to achieve academic success. One program... Read more 

Shrinking reimbursement from insurance threatening outlook for rural hospitals

12/08/2014 02:18 PM

LEXINGTON — Rural hospitals in Kentucky are facing some of the biggest challenges in their histories and some may be forced to close their doors state auditor Adam Edelen told the Kentucky Chamber on Monday. Edelen, who will be releasing an audit on the plight on the states rural hospitals in January, told members of the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce who were attending their annual legislative preview conference, that the difficult economy and managed care are the primary drivers of... Read more 

All 120 Kentucky counties see drop in unemployment rates for third straight month

12/04/2014 12:45 PM

HEBRON — Kentucky has seen its unemployment rate drop in all 120 counties between October 2013 and October 2014, according to statistics from the Kentucky Office of Employment Training, a division of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet. The drop marks the third straight month the commonwealth as seen year-over-year drops in all counties. Boone County has the lowest unemployment rate in the state at 4.1 percent. That’s down from 4.8 percent in September and 6.3 percent in... Read more 

Newly elected members prepare to become legislators

12/03/2014 07:20 PM

FRANKFORT — It was kind of like back to school for 17 freshman legislators who are taking part this week in a three day incoming lawmaker orientation session at the State Capitol. 11 members of the House and six incoming members of the Senate are taking part in the transition into legislative life. For some, new member orientation week is like the first day on the job. “I’m trying to stay engaged if you will because you know you’re going to... Read more 

New Democratic Senate leaders say they will be more engaged in 2015

12/01/2014 06:35 PM

It will not be business as usual for the Senate Democrats, that was the message on Monday as Senate Democrats elected a new leadership team. Sen. Ray Jones, D-Pikeville, replaces R.J. Palmer as Minority Floor Leader, Sen. Gerald Neal, D-Louisville, replaced Sen. Johnny Ray Turner, D-Prestonsburg, and former governor and current Senator Julian Carroll, D-Frankfort, replaces retiring Senator Jerry Rhoads, D-Madisonville. Palmer was defeated by Dr. Ralph Alvarado in the general election while Turner did not seek to continue as Minority... Read more 

Walton-Verona Independent School District pulls off the District of Distinction hat-trick

11/26/2014 10:28 AM

WALTON — It’s an honor for a Kentucky public school to be recognized as a District of Distinction, but for the Walton-Verona Independent School District, the 2013-14 school year was the third consecutive year it received the honor. To qualify as a District of Distinction, a school district had to have an overall accountability score at the 95th percentile or higher. That’s based on achievement, gap, growth, college and career readiness, and graduation rate. The district must also meet its current... Read more 

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