The Chatter: November receipts down, Guthrie wants Holder to resign and Chandler on Post Office closures

12/09/2011 01:31 PM

The up and down receipt reports of fiscal year 2012 are continuing with a 2.8 percent drop in November receipts, state budget director Mary Lassiter announced today.

The general fund receipts have risen 2.1 percent for the year and would need to rise another 0.7 percent to meet revenue forecasts.

In a news release, Lassiter said the reports still show modest economic growth for the state, despite the dip in receipts for November.

The road fund was up 5.7 percent and is up 6.4 percent for the year.

Guthrie calls for U.S. Attorney General’s resignation

Republican Congressman Brett Guthrie of Kentucky’s 2nd Congressional District called for the resignation of U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder after Holder’s testimony to Congress about a covert gunrunning operation.

That operation, nicknamed Fast and Furious, released illegal guns to criminals to try and track them, but ended up losing the weapons. Holder told a congressional committee that top-level justice department officials weren’t aware of the operation until it became public.

Guthrie didn’t buy that argument and in a statement said Holder should resign.

“(Holder’s) job is to oversee federal law enforcement nationwide and his complacence in allowing military-grade firearms to fall into the hands of Mexican drug lords who terrorize our southern border on a daily basis represents a lapse of trust, judgement and leadership,” Guthrie said. “This breach can never be repaired, and as such, I believe he should resign.”

Chandler wants review of Post Office study

U.S. Congressman Ben Chandler isn’t giving up reversing a proposed closing of a Lexington mail sorting center.

In a news release today, Chandler asked the Government Accountability Office to formally review the U.S. Postal Service’s study that included dozens of post office closings across America, including the Lexington mail center.

If the Lexington center does close, it’s mail sorting operations would move to Louisville and Knoxville, Tenn.

Chandler wants the sorting center to remain open.

-Reporting by Kenny Colston

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