Jerry saves the day (so to speak): Without raising taxes or fees and avoiding layoffs, Mayor Jerry Abramson cut enough to match up the projected $20 million budget deficit. It still hasn’t shielded him from criticism from union leaders, who are upset about an additional furlough day, the increase in the take-home car program and the closing of a 137-year-old historic firehouse. In a press release Jefferson County Republican Chairman Brad Cummings says Abramson’s one-man show is not how city government should work. “The last time I checked, the City of Louisville was set up as a democracy, not a monarchy. Unfortunately, this one-man band approach makes our Mayor look more like Napoleon than Lincoln.”
On Broadway: Four years after west Louisville’s only theater, Broadway Cinemas, closed due to poor attendance, the debt collection case against its former owners, including KY State Sen. Gerald A. Neal, has been settled after a little arm-twisitng from U.S. Attorney David L. Huber. Neal and co-owners Raymond M. Burse and Walter P. Porter agreed to jointly pay $50,000 to settle the case, in addition to making the federal government the payee of a life insurance policy in the amount of $250,000. The total payment to the feds is $800,000.
Beshear’s cuts: Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear proposed a 70-cent cigarette tax as one of the solutions to $456 million revenue shortfall. Gov. Beshear announced his cuts and cost-saving ideas earlier this morning.
K-Fed’s Grape Juice: The song mocking President-elect Barack Obama with a bunch of racist stereotypes about black Americans makes you wonder why anyone paid attention to this loser in the first place.
Daily Gay: Former Republican presidential nominee Gov. Mike Huckabee clashed with Jon Stewart on the Daily Show over gay marriage. Big mistake Mike. The modern-day Mencken delivers his best shot to Huckabee’s hocus pocus logic when he asks, “When do you choose not to be gay?” Watch the smackdown here.