From Frankfort

Federal Highway Trust Fund's insolvency could pose problems before summer construction season

10/23/2014 02:17 PM

FRANKFORT — Kentucky road projects may again be jeopardized without congressional action on the federal Highway Trust Fund before next summer’s construction season, Transportation Cabinet Secretary Mike Hancock told lawmakers Thursday. The trust has crept perilously close toward insolvency this year before Congress extended the plan through next May on Sept. 30. Gov. Steve Beshear, appearing with U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx and Hancock at the state Capitol in July, said the state had at the time delayed about $185 million... Read more 

DeWeese and Hunt working hard in 48th House District race

10/20/2014 04:05 PM

State Rep. Bob DeWeese, R-Louisville, is facing a challenge in his re-election race from Democrat Gretchen Hunt. And the two candidates are focused on the issues of not only their district, but the state as well. In an interview at his Louisville home, DeWeese said that as he goes door-to-door in the district he is hearing concerns about jobs and job security from his constituents. The 20-year incumbent legislator says that business friendly tax reform would solve many of the state’s... Read more 

More than a dozen contested state House seats leave fate of the chamber in flux

10/18/2014 08:47 AM

The road map for majority control of the state House will lead through multiple districts as Democrats have their slimmest majority in years and Republicans mount a campaign to take control of the lower chamber which has evaded them since 1921. Democratic and Republican analysts say there are more than a dozen state House races in play which will shape control of the chamber. The races are geographically diverse with several hotly contested races in West Kentucky — including the epicenter for... Read more 

State Republican Senate leaders to try again with heroin legislation in 2015

10/16/2014 01:51 PM

NEWPORT — Despite having failed the last two sessions, Senate Republican leaders announced in Northern Kentucky on Thursday that heroin legislation will again be one of their top priorities for the upcoming session and that legislation will target drug traffickers. Sen. Chris McDaniel, R-Taylor Mill, will be the main sponsor of the legislation and is currently working with other legislators and professionals to craft a bill which he will file ahead of the upcoming session. “We will deal with three major components.... Read more 

McDaniel makes pitch for right-to-work legislation; Has concerns about Medicaid expansion

10/13/2014 03:44 PM

Making a pitch for right-to-work, state Sen. Chris McDaniel, R-Taylor Mill, said he and James Comer will be focused on economic issues heading into the 2015 GOP gubernatorial primary. Comer’s pick of McDaniel as a running mate on his gubernatorial slate was promoted at the September campaign roll out in Tompkinsville, and since that time he and Comer have crisscrossed the state raising cash and talking issues with voters. “I spend almost every night on the road somewhere working diligently... Read more 

State tax receipts tepid in September, first quarter overall

10/10/2014 02:43 PM

Kentucky’s General Fund tax receipts rose just 0.1 percent this month compared to September last year, giving the state’s revenue stream 1.1 percent grown in the first quarter of fiscal year 2015, State Budget Director Jane Driskell announced Friday. General Fund receipts totaled $920.6 million in September, up slightly from the $920.1 million in September 2013. Driskell said in the release that the General Fund’s receipts have slowed in the first three months of fiscal year 2015. The fund’s receipts must grow... Read more 

In competitive Louisville race, Hunt says Deweese has been in Frankfort too long

10/09/2014 01:19 PM

Democratic candidate Gretchen Hunt is introducing herself and her family to the voters of the 48th House District with a new ad saying incumbent state Rep. Bob DeWeese, R-Louisville, has been in Frankfort too long. Hunt told Pure Politics while her campaign has knocked on over 11,000 doors in the district; she wanted to put the ad out to reach as many voters as possible going into the election. The ad, produced by newSouth Strategies, began running in the Louisville media market... Read more 

Northern Kentucky lawmakers balk at Ohioans on CVG board

10/08/2014 09:48 AM

Northern Kentucky lawmakers disagree with state auditor Adam Edelen’s recommendations that the new makeup of the Kenton County Airport Board, the governing body of the Northern Kentucky/Cincinnati International Airport, should include three voting members from Ohio. Edelen testified on Tuesday before the Interim Joint Committee on Transportation outlining his special investigation report that he released last month calling for changes to the makeup of the board to address multiple concerns over governance, internal control and management oversight. Currently, all board members are... Read more 

Katie Stine contemplates next career move after 20 years in General Assembly

10/07/2014 12:10 PM

State Senate Pro Tem Katie Stine will be finishing up a 20-year career in the General Assembly, the last 16 in the Senate, at the end of this year. Stine leaves the Senate with bitter disappointment that her signature bill, Senate Bill 5, known as the heroin bill, failed to pass the House the last day of the session. “We bent over backwards, we even used language that they (the House) recommended in the bill,” Stine said. “I can’t understand how anyone... Read more 

As bourbon booms in the bluegrass distillers' assoc. seeks additional tweaks to the laws

09/30/2014 03:13 PM

Bourbon producers around the state continue to announce new ventures and expansions totaling hundreds of millions in infrastructure and bringing with it new jobs and more tax revenue, and the Kentucky Distillers’ Association says the future will continue to be bright for Kentucky bourbon, but by tweaking some hospitality laws the industry could soon become the Napa Valley of the South. In September alone several distillery’s announced new locations and additions on to their already existing gift centers designed to... Read more 

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