It’s about 4 p.m. outside of the Kentucky Secretary of State’s Office. Here, last-minute would-be senators, representatives, and judges are bottlenecking the doorway, spilling out into the hall and waiting to get their paperwork filled by a harried bevy of clerks.
The Kentucky Secretary of State’s Office reports about 4,800 candidates are in the running for more than 300 races across the state as the deadline for candidates to file expired Tuesday.
Kentucky state lawmakers have begun reviewing Governor Steve Beshear’s $20 billion budget proposal.
State Budget Director Jane Driskell briefed lawmakers on the House Appropriations and Revenue Committee Tuesday on aspects of the budget. It includes a 5% cut for most state agencies, and includes the state's highest ever ratio of money being borrowed to money coming in.
A bill that would create incentive programs for employees of the Legislative Research Commission who find ways to save money is working its way through the General Assembly. But an amendment to the bill changes the focus, and attempts to add criteria for hiring the LRC's next director.
AMC’s hit zombie-apocalypse-drama ‘The Walking Dead’ is a story about a shambling mass of the undead that brings civilization to its knees. Chris Tobe, a former trustee of the Kentucky Retirement Systems turned whistleblower, says the show is an apt metaphor for what will happen if lawmakers don't get serious about funding pensions.
“I think we’re going to be The Walking Dead for a long time" said Tobe. "We’re all gonna keep saying, ‘oh, we’re just fine,’ and we’re gonna be ‘The Walking Dead’ for a long, long time.
Opponents of expanded gambling in Kentucky are focusing on the social costs of casinos. Testimony from anti-gaming groups in Frankfort Wednesday connected expanded gambling with increases in crime and gambling addiction.
Members of anti-gaming groups told lawmakers that the harm gaming would cause isn’t worth the estimated $286 million in new tax revenue that Rep. Larry Clark says his gaming bill would generate.
Making good on his pledge to reinvest in K-12 education, Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear's biennial budget would restore public education funding to 2008 levels, with a pledge of $189 million in a budget greater than $20 billion.
But Beshear said his budget was was made possible in large part by a 5% cut across many state agencies.