Jerry Abramson http://wkms.org en Beshear's Tax Reform Proposal in House Budget Committee Today, A Behind-The-Scenes Look http://wkms.org/post/beshears-tax-reform-proposal-house-budget-committee-today-behind-scenes-look <p>Lt. Gov Jerry Abramson presented a draft of Governor Steve Beshear's&nbsp;proposed tax code changes to the House budget committee today, which was first announced by Beshear last week. The changes, if fully implemented, could raise an estimated<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;$210 million annually by expanding the 6% sales tax to select services, an increased tax on cigarettes from 60 cents to $1 dollar per pack, and reducing tax breaks on pensions for people earning more than $80,000. On <em>Sounds Good</em>, Kate speaks with</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;policy analyst and member of the Governor's Blue Ribbon Committee on tax reform, Jason Bailey about the events of the day.</span></p><p> Tue, 11 Feb 2014 22:33:33 +0000 Kate Lochte 38630 at http://wkms.org Beshear's Tax Reform Proposal in House Budget Committee Today, A Behind-The-Scenes Look MSU College of Business Presents Conference on "The Future of West Kentucky" http://wkms.org/post/msu-college-business-presents-conference-future-west-kentucky <p>MSU's Arthur J. Bauernfeind College of Business presents an economic development conference next Tuesday, December 10 in the Curris Center. The College's dean, Dr. Tim Todd, visits Kate Lochte on <em>Sounds Good</em> with more information about the day long focus on "The Future of West Kentucky," including a keynote address by Kentucky Lt. Governor Jerry Abramson.</p><p><a href="http://www.murraystate.edu/business">See more about the Arthur J. Bauernfeind&nbsp;College of Business</a>.</p> Thu, 05 Dec 2013 18:18:41 +0000 Kate Lochte 37111 at http://wkms.org MSU College of Business Presents Conference on "The Future of West Kentucky" Beshear, Abramson Won't Attend Fancy Farm Picnic http://wkms.org/post/beshear-abramson-wont-attend-fancy-farm-picnic <p>Gov. Steve Beshear and Lt. Gov. Jerry Abramson will skip next week's Fancy Farm Picnic in Graves County. Democratic Party Chairman Dan Logsdon said they're unable to go.</p><p>Last year, Abramson <a href="http://wkms.org/post/comer-upset-over-abramsons-dismissal-fancy-farm-picnic">received criticism for questioning the relevancy</a> of the political event.</p><p> Wed, 24 Jul 2013 21:29:11 +0000 John Null & The Associated Press 33382 at http://wkms.org Beshear, Abramson Won't Attend Fancy Farm Picnic KY Lt. Gov. Not Ready to Announce Plans for 2015 Gov. Race http://wkms.org/post/ky-lt-gov-not-ready-announce-plans-2015-gov-race <p>Kentucky’s Lieutenant Governor Jerry Abramson says he may announce his intentions regarding a run for Governor before or shortly after the August 3<sup>rd</sup> Fancy Farm Picnic. Jerry Abramson has served as Kentucky’s Lieutenant Governor since 2012 and previously served as Louisville Mayor for 21 years.</p><p>Abramson is one of a number of democrats discussing a run for the office including term limited Attorney General Jack Conway and former State Auditor Crit Luallen.</p> Wed, 17 Jul 2013 19:16:26 +0000 Chad Lampe 33152 at http://wkms.org KY Lt. Gov. Not Ready to Announce Plans for 2015 Gov. Race House Speaker Hears Only Silence Over Proposed Tax Reforms http://wkms.org/post/house-speaker-hears-only-silence-over-proposed-tax-reforms <p>In just over a month, lawmakers are back in Frankfort for a special session on new boundaries for Kentucky’s legislative districts.&nbsp; But, there are no plans yet to resolve another issue facing the state.</p><p>It’s often called real tax reform or comprehensive tax reform. And it’s been on Frankfort’s radar screen for years. Despite numerous proposals, no substantial change in tax policy has come under serious consideration at the statehouse. Gov. Beshear says Kentucky needs a ‘modern tax system’ responsive to a 21st century economy.&nbsp; But, he admits, politicians would rather avoid the topic.</p><p> Mon, 15 Jul 2013 20:34:50 +0000 Stu Johnson (KPR) 33090 at http://wkms.org House Speaker Hears Only Silence Over Proposed Tax Reforms Kentucky Habitat for Humanity Celebrates 20th Years with Capitol Rally http://wkms.org/post/kentucky-habitat-humanity-celebrates-20th-years-capitol-rally <p></p><p>Joined by Lt. Gov. Jerry Abramson, the Kentucky Habitat for Humanity foundation celebrated their 20th year of service in the Commonwealth with a Capitol rally. Tue, 19 Feb 2013 19:53:59 +0000 Kenny Colston (KPR) 28248 at http://wkms.org Kentucky Habitat for Humanity Celebrates 20th Years with Capitol Rally Lawmakers Ready for Tax Reform Legislation, but Bill Unlikely This Session http://wkms.org/post/lawmakers-ready-tax-reform-legislation-bill-unlikely-session <p></p><p style="margin:0px 0px 15px;padding:0px;border:0px;font-size:15px;vertical-align:baseline;color:rgb(51,51,51);font-family:Georgia,Times,serif;line-height:22px">Kentucky lawmakers seemed eager to dig into another tax reform bill this year, but the chair of the latest tax reform commission says reform isn't likely coming soon.</p><p style="margin:0px 0px 15px;padding:0px;border:0px;font-size:15px;vertical-align:baseline;color:rgb(51,51,51);font-family:Georgia,Times,serif;line-height:22px">Lt. Gov. Jerry Abramson—who chaired <a href="http://wfpl.org/post/kentuckys-blue-ribbon-tax-commission-recommends-690-million-new-tax-revenues" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;border:0px;vertical-align:baseline;color:rgb(12,76,162);text-decoration:initial" target="_blank">the commission</a>—and Mary Lassiter, the secretary of the cabinet, addressed lawmakers on the budget committees about the recommendations of the Blue Ribbon Tax Commission. Wed, 06 Feb 2013 13:47:46 +0000 Kenny Colston (KPR) 27695 at http://wkms.org Lawmakers Ready for Tax Reform Legislation, but Bill Unlikely This Session Tax Reform Commission Issues Report http://wkms.org/post/tax-reform-commission-issues-report <p></p><p>Kentucky’s Blue Ribbon Commission on Tax Reform has proposed lowering individual and corporate tax rates, raising the cigarette tax and extending the state sales tax to certain services. Lt. Gov. Jerry Abramson says the changes recommended by the group would generate about $659 million in new state revenue each year. Abramson headed the commission and says the changes will make Kentucky more competitive in creating jobs. Tue, 18 Dec 2012 14:02:01 +0000 Whitney Jones & The Associated Press 25813 at http://wkms.org Tax Reform Commission Issues Report Afternoon Round-Up 8/15/12 http://wkms.org/post/afternoon-round-81512 <p><strong>Today on NPR: </strong><a href="http://www.npr.org/2012/08/14/158778052/tammy-smith-first-openly-gay-u-s-general">Tammy Smith: The First Openly Gay U.S. General</a></p><p> Wed, 15 Aug 2012 21:43:11 +0000 Rose Krzton-Presson 20831 at http://wkms.org Afternoon Round-Up 8/15/12 Abramson Pushes for Clean Energy http://wkms.org/post/abramson-pushes-clean-energy <p>Kentucky&#39;s Lieutenant Governor is pushing clean energy. In a speech to energy officials Wednesday, Abramson said the state is lacking green initiatives, and it needs to adapt as coal&#39;s decline continues. Wed, 15 Aug 2012 20:25:31 +0000 Kenny Colston (KPR) 20820 at http://wkms.org Abramson Pushes for Clean Energy