Capitol Bureau http://wkms.org en Seeking to Expand Coverage, Broadband Advocates Revive Bill That Would Remove Land Line Requirement http://wkms.org/post/seeking-expand-coverage-broadband-advocates-revive-bill-would-remove-land-line-requirement <p></p><p>Advocates for more wireless and broadband options in Kentucky will once again push a bill reforming the state's telecommunications laws—specifically, removing language that requires old-school land-line service throughout the state.</p><p>Citizens for a Digital Future unveiled the legislation today, which is sponsored by state Sen. Paul&nbsp;Hornback, a Republican from Shelbyville. Tue, 05 Feb 2013 19:34:42 +0000 Kenny Colston (KPR) 27668 at http://wkms.org Seeking to Expand Coverage, Broadband Advocates Revive Bill That Would Remove Land Line Requirement Report: Kentucky Tax System Unbalanced On Backs of the Poor http://wkms.org/post/report-kentucky-tax-system-unbalanced-backs-poor <p></p><p>A new report by the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy shows a big gap between Kentucky’s income levels on who pays taxes. The report says Kentucky’s top 1 percent income bracket pays roughly 5 percent of the state’s income, while the bottom 20 percent pays 9 percent. Wed, 30 Jan 2013 20:20:58 +0000 Kenny Colston (KPR) 27427 at http://wkms.org Report: Kentucky Tax System Unbalanced On Backs of the Poor Tea Party Activists Tell Kentucky Lawmakers to Reject Obamacare http://wkms.org/post/tea-party-activists-tell-kentucky-lawmakers-reject-obamacare <p></p><p>As the 2013 Kentucky legislative session begins, Tea Party activists are encouraging lawmakers to abandon the implementation of the Affordable Care Act — also known as Obamacare&nbsp;— in the state because of fiscal and health care concerns. Tue, 08 Jan 2013 18:10:56 +0000 Kenny Colston (KPR) 26525 at http://wkms.org Tea Party Activists Tell Kentucky Lawmakers to Reject Obamacare Kentucky Senate Designates Electronic Military Voting as Chief Priority http://wkms.org/post/kentucky-senate-designates-electronic-military-voting-chief-priority <p></p><p>Giving Kentucky service members and their spouses the ability to cast absentee ballots electronically is the priority of the Kentucky State Senate heading into the 2013 legislative session, Senate President-elect Robert Stivers said on Monday. Mon, 07 Jan 2013 20:36:34 +0000 Kenny Colston (KPR) 26487 at http://wkms.org Kentucky Senate Designates Electronic Military Voting as Chief Priority Poll Shows Increased Support for Statewide Smoking Ban http://wkms.org/post/poll-shows-increased-support-statewide-smoking-ban <p>For the second year in a row, a poll shows a majority of Kentucky favor a&nbsp;statewide smoking ban.</p><p>Last year the poll, conducted by the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky,&nbsp;showed a majority favored a ban for the first time. Mon, 07 Jan 2013 16:46:24 +0000 Kenny Colston (KPR) 26475 at http://wkms.org Poll Shows Increased Support for Statewide Smoking Ban 2013 Session Will Open with Tea Party Rally against Health Care Law http://wkms.org/post/2013-session-will-open-tea-party-rally-against-health-care-law <p></p><p><span style="font-size:12pt">The fight over the Affordable Care Act in Kentucky will continue in the new year, Tea Party activists say.</span><span style="font-size:12pt"> When Kentucky lawmakers return to start the 2013 legislative session Tuesday, they will be greeted with a rally opposing the health care law.</span> Fri, 04 Jan 2013 20:10:01 +0000 Kenny Colston (KPR) 26414 at http://wkms.org 2013 Session Will Open with Tea Party Rally against Health Care Law Governor Concerned With Drop in Coal Severance Revenues http://wkms.org/post/governor-concerned-drop-coal-severance-revenues <p>A drop in coal severance tax revenues has several Kentucky leaders worried. Money from the tax on mined coal is used largely for state, county and city infrastructure projects, specifically in coal mining areas like Eastern Kentucky. House Speaker Greg Stumbo and Governor Steve Beshear say the significant drop in the tax revenue has caught their attention. Beshear says the decline is due to the tough domestic market for Kentucky coal. But he believes exports could cause a rebound. He points out that Kentucky interests recently struck a deal to send coal to India.</p> Thu, 27 Dec 2012 17:29:18 +0000 Kenny Colston (KPR) & Kenny 26138 at http://wkms.org Governor Concerned With Drop in Coal Severance Revenues Who Runs Against McConnell in 2014? Not Judd or Grimes, Stumbo Says http://wkms.org/post/who-runs-against-mcconnell-2014-not-judd-or-grimes-stumbo-says <p></p><p><font size="2">To date, the chatter over who'll challenge U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell in 2014 has centered around actress/activist Ashley Judd.<br><br>And, if not Judd, then Alison Lundergan Grimes, the Kentucky secretary of state.<br><br>A top Kentucky Democrat is saying that McConnell's Democratic challenger will be neither of the women.</font><br> Mon, 19 Nov 2012 20:38:09 +0000 Kenny Colston (KPR) 24692 at http://wkms.org Who Runs Against McConnell in 2014? Not Judd or Grimes, Stumbo Says Beshear Names New State Budget Director http://wkms.org/post/beshear-names-new-state-budget-director <p></p><p>Come January, a new woman will be in charge of the Kentucky budget for the Governor’s Office. Since 2007, Mary Lassiter has been Governor Steve Beshear’s budget director. And in 2009, she took a promotion as Secretary of the Cabinet as well, serving both roles. But Beshear has now hired Jane Driskell, a longtime budget director for state and local government, as his new state budget director. Mon, 19 Nov 2012 17:54:44 +0000 Kenny Colston (KPR) 24682 at http://wkms.org Beshear Names New State Budget Director Democrats Walk Out of Meeting on Insurance Exchange http://wkms.org/post/democrats-walk-out-meeting-insurance-exchange <p>The debate over Kentucky’s health insurance exchange ended with a walkout by Democratic lawmakers yesterday. Democrats were angered over an attempt by Republicans on the joint Health and Welfare committee to declare Governor Steve Beshear's executive order establishing the exchange illegal.&nbsp;</p><p> Thu, 20 Sep 2012 15:29:44 +0000 Kenny Colston (KPR) 22323 at http://wkms.org Democrats Walk Out of Meeting on Insurance Exchange