Lunchbox: Spin City

Car 54 where are you?: Setting up a political showdown, mayoral candidate and Metro Councilman Hal Heiner, R-19, will introduce a resolution calling on Metro government to suspend its appeal in the case against police officers who had to pay for their take-home vehicles. Last year, the Kentucky Labor Department ruled in favor of the police union, saying the city could not charge officers to take home cars. The measure was implemented to fill up the $20 million budget shortfall in 2008. Since then the police union has asked to be paid back by the city, but the Mayor Jerry Abramson has said the case is not over as the city appeals. Heiner’s resolution calls on the mayor to give up the fight and immediately begin negotiations with police union representatives.

Home run: Louisville home sales were up 28 percent in the final six months of 2009, according to recent figures. The credit for the increase was said to be in large part due to the $8,000 tax credit for first-time buyers.

The Katie King Bill: Taking another swipe at Metro Councilman Jim King, D-10, who is running for mayor, and his daughter, District Judge Katie King, the Courier-Journal’s editorial board came out supporting a bill that addresses a loophole in state campaign finance. Sponsored by state Rep. Larry Clark, the legislation — dubbed the Katie King Bill by the C-J — would limit the amount of money a parent can give to fund their children’s political campaigns. The bill was filed as a reaction to King’s hefty $145,000 contribution to his daughter’s 2008 judicial campaign, which far exceeded the $1,000 limit permitted under state election law.

One Comment

  1. Ed Springston
    Posted January 12, 2010 at 6:06 pm | Permalink

    Tis story by the CJ on the “Katie King bill” is so laughable it barely merits any response. The bill is a joke and does absolutely nothing from a legal perspective. There is no “loophole” the law is clear already. The Registry and Snyder are just trying to muddy the facts a bit to justify their lack of findings. Pathetic excuse and waste of taxpayer money by Clark and the KREF.