Budget http://wkms.org en House Gives Final Passage to $20.3 Billion State Budget http://wkms.org/post/house-gives-final-passage-203-billion-state-budget <p></p><p>FRANKFORT—After a marathon negotiation session this weekend,&nbsp;the Kentucky General Assembly gave speedy passage to a slew of budget bills that gave raises to judicial employees and restored funding for K-12 education while also reducing safety inspections for mines and possibly prohibiting the commonwealth from funding local implementation of the Affordable Care Act.</p><p>House Speaker Greg Stumbo praised the Senate for its willingness to compromise with his chamber, and called the process — including the 14-hour closed-door session of budget talks this weekend — “democracy in its purest form.”</p><p>“You saw people of different convictions, different ways to view things," Stumbo said. "It was democracy in its purest form. But it worked. And that’s what made, to me, all these years here worth spending.” Tue, 01 Apr 2014 13:07:42 +0000 Jonathan Meador 39606 at http://wkms.org House Gives Final Passage to $20.3 Billion State Budget Kentucky House Committee Approves Budget Plan, 'Virtually the Same' as Gov. Steve Beshear's Proposal http://wkms.org/post/kentucky-house-committee-approves-budget-plan-virtually-same-gov-steve-beshears-proposal <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Kentucky lawmakers have a month remaining in the 2014 legislative session, and in that time they must pass a new state budget.</span></p><p>The House Appropriations and Revenue Committee has approved a series of bills, including a modified version of the governor's proposed $20.3 billion, two-year budget.</p><p> Wed, 12 Mar 2014 12:09:10 +0000 Jonathan Meador 39204 at http://wkms.org Kentucky House Committee Approves Budget Plan, 'Virtually the Same' as Gov. Steve Beshear's Proposal Murray City Council Passes Budget With 16% Increase in Revenue http://wkms.org/post/murray-city-council-passes-budget-16-increase-revenue <p>The Murray City Council has approved a $44.6 million&nbsp; budget despite failed attempts to amend the spending plan. Discussions lasted well into the night yesterday because of what Councilman Danny Hudspeth says was his obligation to bring forward the four amendments.</p><p>Hudspeth entertained cutting a two-point-five-percent salary increase for all city employees, the hiring of a new storm water and drainage technician, money for building a scenic trail and a $50,000 allocation to Murray State University for an alcohol education program.</p> Fri, 24 May 2013 19:16:04 +0000 Austin Ramsey 31763 at http://wkms.org Murray City Council Passes Budget With 16% Increase in Revenue 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 Tennessee Governor Wraps Up Budget Hearings http://wkms.org/post/tennessee-governor-wraps-budget-hearings <p></p><p>Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam wraps up budget hearings for fiscal year 2013-2014 tomorrow. Despite improving state revenues, Haslman has asked state departments to develop plans for a fallback 5 percent spending cut. Mon, 12 Nov 2012 13:37:51 +0000 Shelly Baskin & The Associated Press 24386 at http://wkms.org Tennessee Governor Wraps Up Budget Hearings The Morning Cram [polite polities edition] http://wkms.org/post/morning-cram-polite-polities-edition <p></p><p></p><p><strong>From NPR:</strong> For most of us, Election Day marks a welcome end to months of relentless political ads and partisan bickering. But in an age when the rules about when it's OK to express one's political opinion seem to have frayed, what if someone decides the line at the polling station is the <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/itsallpolitics/2012/11/06/164353389/voting-queue-etiquette-hey-buddy-that-s-out-of-line">place to talk politics</a>? Tue, 06 Nov 2012 14:45:02 +0000 Shelly Baskin 24157 at http://wkms.org The Morning Cram [polite polities edition] Tennessee Budget Meetings Start this Week http://wkms.org/post/tennessee-budget-meetings-start-week <p></p><p>Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam is starting the annual state budget hearings for the next fiscal year this week in Nashville. Tue, 06 Nov 2012 13:01:53 +0000 Shelly Baskin & The Associated Press 24147 at http://wkms.org Tennessee Budget Meetings Start this Week Kentucky Reports Increased Tax Revenue http://wkms.org/post/kentucky-reports-increased-tax-revenue <p>Kentucky’s General Fund receipts increased by more than 5 percent in September, thanks in part to a big increase in corporate income tax revenue. Those receipts increased by more than 26 percent. Lottery and individual income tax receipts also rose by more than 8 percent. State Budget Director Mary Lassiter says those increases helped offset losses in property, cigarette, and coal severance tax revenues. She says the coal revenue fell about 19 percent due to a downturn in the state’s mining industry.</p> Wed, 10 Oct 2012 19:24:06 +0000 The Associated Press 23065 at http://wkms.org Kentucky Reports Increased Tax Revenue Flat Growth in State Budget Causing Some Concerns http://wkms.org/post/flat-growth-state-budget-causing-some-concerns <p><font size="2">State budget officials say they are paying close attention to revenue as the state budget sees a flat growth at the start of the fiscal year.<br><br> Budget director Mary Lassiter says in her monthly briefing that August revenues ticked up, helping make up 2 percent of losses in July. But that leaves revenues flat, while forecasters had expected an almost 3 percent growth this year.<br><br> Lassiter says while warning alarms aren'’t going off yet, steady declines in income and sales taxes is giving her office causes for concern.<br> Mon, 10 Sep 2012 19:14:23 +0000 Kenny Colston (KPR) 21918 at http://wkms.org Flat Growth in State Budget Causing Some Concerns Health Department Budget http://wkms.org/post/health-department-budget <p>Hopkins County school clinics may be the latest casualty in a series of budget cuts to the County Health Department.&nbsp;</p><p> Thu, 14 Jun 2012 21:30:47 +0000 Heidi Couch 18380 at http://wkms.org Health Department Budget