Category Archives: KY Gov’t

Beshear’s chief of staff resigns

The governor’s office has announced that Adam Edelen, who has served as Gov. Steve Beshear’s chief of staff since July 2008, is stepping down to return to the private sector as speculation grows that he is planning to run for state auditor next year. “As my chief of staff, Adam continually demonstrated strong leadership skills […]

Beshear ‘disgusted’ with General Assembly

The legislative session has adjourned without a budget and with leaders from both chambers blaming each other for the failure to reach an agreement. For the past few weeks House Democrats and Senate Republicans have been deadlocked on the roughly $17 billion state spending plan, which is the one piece of legislation that state lawmakers […]

Lunchbox: Frankfort’s failure

Budget amnesty on the horizon: House Democrats sent a revised budget proposal to Senate Republicans that cut spending by half. For the past few weeks budget negotiators have been deadlocked on the roughly $17 billion state spending plan, which is the one piece of legislation they’re required to deal with. In this week’s edition of […]

Kentucky’s Internet super highway

In an effort to expand the availability and use of broadband Internet services throughout the commonwealth, Gov. Steve Beshear has announced that Kentucky has been awarded a $2.1 million grant in stimulus money to fund broadband mapping and planning. “High-speed Internet access is a vital tool for economic development, education and job creation,” Beshear said […]

Sen. Carroll Embarrasses Self, State on CNN

As a registered independent, I found the comments made by Sen. Julian Carroll, D-Anderson, about voters like myself to be, quite frankly, hilariously stupid. While I’m sure we all respect Sen. Carroll’s 175 years of service to the commonwealth (did you know he helped Daniel Boone pick out the curtains for the old Capitol?), his […]

KY Senate’s Anti-Choice Abortion Nonsense Bill is Nonsense

Oh, to be white, male and a member of the Kentucky senate. Few institutions outside of the Ku Klux Klan, FOX NEWS and the He-Man Women-Hater’s Club reward this demographic more handsomely than our own state legislature. Although the form of these rewards vary wildly — from good ol’ boy coal funding and golf course […]

Lunchbox: The 41st Files

Full housing: The months of arguing and negotiations between Louisville’s housing authority and Community Builders, a Boston property-management company over two renovated neighborhood developments in the city is coming to an end, according to the Courier-Journal. The housing authority complained that the Boston company had twice hired felons as property managers, missed required apartment inspections […]

More Fun With Kentucky’s Insolvency

You are probably aware that our great commonwealth is broke. In case you were wondering just how broke we are, here are some general fund receipts just released by the Office of the State Budget Director. According to the report’s cover letter, our state government collected 8.3 percent less in December 2009 than December 2008 […]

Lunchbox: The pre-Xmas edition

Coal for the King: The Courier-Journal’s editorial board couldn’t have made it clearer, mayoral candidate and Metro Councilman Jim King, D-10, should exit the race. The newspaper chronicles King’s missteps and troubled candidacy, saying his departure would “allow for the focus to return to vital issues facing the metro area.” Ironically, just last week the […]

State general fund receipts fell 4 percent

State Budget Director Mary Lassiter reported today that Kentucky’s General Fund and Road Fund receipts fell 4 percent in the month of October compared to last year. Total revenues for the month were $652.4 million, compared to $679.6 million during October 2008.  The budget director reports that receipts have now fallen 5.2 percent in the […]