Budget http://wkms.org en Beshear: Budget will be Balanced and Won't Affect Education http://wkms.org/post/beshear-budget-will-be-balanced-and-wont-affect-education <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Recent state revenue receipts show that Kentucky’s real income is falling short of projections and will lead to a multi-million dollar budget shortfall.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Lower-than-predicted coal severance taxes, property taxes, road fund receipts and more have the state facing a nearly $28 million shortfall by the end of the fiscal year.</span></p><p> Fri, 13 Jun 2014 11:35:07 +0000 Jonathan Meador 41275 at http://wkms.org Beshear: Budget will be Balanced and Won't Affect Education Paducah Reviews Next Year’s Budget, Finds Evidence of Growing Economy http://wkms.org/post/paducah-reviews-next-year-s-budget-finds-evidence-growing-economy <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">More revenue is allowing Paducah city officials to increase their budgets and consider some city updates.</span></p><p>Commissioner Carol Gault says this week’s budget workshop shows that the economy is slowly rebounding with a nearly four percent rise in revenue.</p><p> Thu, 29 May 2014 22:29:42 +0000 Whitney Jones 40932 at http://wkms.org Paducah Reviews Next Year’s Budget, Finds Evidence of Growing Economy Jail Largest Expenditure in McCracken County Fiscal Court Budget http://wkms.org/post/jail-largest-expenditure-mccracken-county-fiscal-court-budget <p>The McCracken County Fiscal Court voted on the first reading of a 2014-2015 budget&nbsp;Monday&nbsp;that totals $32m, including over $6m &nbsp;for the McCracken County Jail. The jail has a large number of employees and houses more than 450 inmates.&nbsp;</p><p> Tue, 13 May 2014 14:54:36 +0000 Lance Dennee 40526 at http://wkms.org Jail Largest Expenditure in McCracken County Fiscal Court Budget 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