Jonathan Meador

Frankfort Bureau chief for Kentucky Public Radio

Jonathan Meador is the Frankfort Bureau chief for Kentucky Public Radio. 

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Government
11:04 am
Thu April 3, 2014

Bill Aimed at Curbing Kentucky Heroin Epidemic Likely to Fail This Year

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A bill cracking down on Kentucky's growing heroin epidemic is facing an uncertain future in Frankfort, as lawmakers are concerned about the constitutionality of one of the bill’s key provisions.

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Government
4:12 pm
Tue April 1, 2014

Fate of Heroin Bill Uncertain in Kentucky General Assembly

A bill that would raise penalties for heroin traffickers and expand addiction treatment is on shaky ground in the Kentucky General Assembly.

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Government
2:15 pm
Tue April 1, 2014

Stumbo: State Defunding Won't Kill "Beshear Care"

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Kentucky’s highest-ranking Democratic lawmaker says language in the state’s budget that attempts to pull funding for the Affordable Care Act won’t kill the program.

Kentucky is set to begin paying a portion of the cost for expanded Medicaid and the health-insurance exchange in 2017. Provisions in the recently-passed state budget bar state money from going toward the program.

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Politics
8:07 am
Tue April 1, 2014

House Gives Final Passage to $20.3 Billion State Budget

FRANKFORT—After a marathon negotiation session this weekend, 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.

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.”

“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.”

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Government
4:27 pm
Mon March 31, 2014

Ky. Felon Voter Restoration 'Unlikely' to Pass

 A bill that would restore voting rights for thousands of Kentucky felons isn’t likely to pass this year.

Lawmakers say they could not reach an agreement over different versions of the proposed legislation.

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Government
9:27 am
Mon March 31, 2014

Highlights of the Kentucky State Budget Compromise

 

State House and Senate leaders have agreed on the details of a $20.3 billion biennial state budget that largely preserves Gov. Steve Beshear's intention to restore funding for K-12 education. A final vote on the plan is expected late Monday night.

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Politics
6:32 am
Mon March 31, 2014

ACA, Cancer Screenings, Mine Inspections and Rupp Arena in the Budget

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Provisions to block state money from being used on Kentucky's implementation of the Affordable Care Act will remain in the budget agreement reached over the weekend by state lawmakers. Sparring between House Democrats and Senate Republicans over the ACA dominated negotiations.

The ACA covers the costs of implementation through 2017, after which the tab will be split with the state.

Now, Senate President Robert Stivers says lawmakers will send the governor a budget that blocks general funds from going toward the state's health insurance exchange, Kynect, and the expansion of Medicaid. Stivers acknowledges that much of the heated debate over the ACA was "political theater."

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Government
5:02 pm
Fri March 28, 2014

Is Tonight's Kentucky Wildcats-Louisville Cardinals Game Slowing the State Budget Process?

Originally published on Fri March 28, 2014 4:40 pm

Work on a new Kentucky state budget is slowing in Frankfort—because of a a basketball game.

Interest in tonight's NCAA Tournament matchup between the Louisville Cardinals and Kentucky Wildcats is the latest delaying factor in an already contentious day.

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Business
7:30 am
Fri March 28, 2014

Senate Acts on Public-Private Partnership Measure

A bill that would permit private corporations to partner with government to finance infrastructure projects is one step closer to becoming law.

House Bill 407 filed by Rep. Leslie Combs passed the chamber by a 27-9 vote, and includes an amendment that would prohibit tolls from being used to fund the controversial Brent Spence bridge in Northern Kentucky.

Democratic Sen. Perry Clark voted against the bill, citing a Brookings Institute study that says public private partnerships, or “P3’s,” aren’t all they’re cracked up to be.

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Government
3:26 pm
Thu March 27, 2014

Kentucky Senate Budget to Restore Number of Mine Inspections

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The Kentucky Senate will likely restore funding to conduct coal mine inspections in the state budget.

Currently, mines get six state inspections a year. A previous draft of the budget cut the number to two. Senate President Robert Stivers says his chamber will likely restore funding for six inspections.

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