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
3:46 pm
Tue March 18, 2014

House Panel OKs New Incentives for Coal Industry

Rep. Rocky Adkins (L) talks with House Speaker Greg Stumbo
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A state House panel has unanimously approved a bill to provide tax incentives to the ailing coal industry.

House Majority Floor Leader Rocky Adkins says his bill will permit tax breaks on machinery and manufacturing for coal-related companies. The Democrat says the breaks are similar to incentives enjoyed by car manufacturing plants in the state and reduce economic strain on the industry.

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Government
3:29 pm
Tue March 18, 2014

Kentucky Senate OKs Bill Allowing Rand Paul to Run for President and U.S. Senate at the Same Time

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A bill that would allow U.S. Sen. Rand Paul to run for both the Senate and the Presidency of the United States passed Tuesday out of the Republican-controlled Kentucky Senate. 

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Politics
12:08 pm
Fri March 14, 2014

Kentucky House Passes Budget Bill, But Not Without Debate

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After much debate, the Kentucky House of Representatives passed its budget to fund state government for the next two years this week.

The $20.3 billion spending plan is nearly identical to one proposed by Gov. Steve Beshear, and it largely preserves funding for K through 12 education, which has been a stated priority of the governor.

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Government
3:45 pm
Thu March 13, 2014

House Panel Rejects Right-to-Work Bill

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Kentucky lawmakers have killed a bill that would establish so-called “right-to-work” laws in the commonwealth. The Republican-backed bill would prohibit workers from paying union dues as a condition of employment.

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Politics
10:25 am
Thu March 13, 2014

Mitch McConnell Supports a Kentucky State Bill Days After Saying He Generally Doesn't Do That

Mitch McConnell

Originally published on Wed March 12, 2014 8:24 pm

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell told RollCall on Wednesday that he supports a bill filed in the Kentucky state legislature that aids his junior Senate counterpartless than a week after he said he doesn't take positions on state-level legislation.

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Government
7:29 am
Thu March 13, 2014

House Passes Revenue Bill, Delays Budget Vote

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The Kentucky House of Representatives has agreed on a bill to raise some taxes, but hasn't yet voted on a new, two-year state budget.

The clock is ticking as House lawmakers study a slate of budget bills that require passage before the end of the session on April 15.

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Government
7:21 am
Thu March 13, 2014

Chances For a Kentucky Statewide Smoking Ban Are Slim

FRANKFORT — Chances that a smoking ban will pass in Kentucky this year are growing ever more slim.

Each year, about 1,000 Kentuckians die from illnesses related to second-hand smoke, but the Kentucky legislature hasn't come close to passing a ban on smoking in public places and many private businesses.

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Government
7:09 am
Wed March 12, 2014

Kentucky House Committee Approves Budget Plan, 'Virtually the Same' as Gov. Steve Beshear's Proposal

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Kentucky lawmakers have a month remaining in the 2014 legislative session, and in that time they must pass a new state budget.

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.

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Government
2:09 pm
Tue March 11, 2014

Local Sales Tax Option Passes Ky. House Committee

Supporters of a local option sales tax in Kentucky have won their first victory in Frankfort, but the matter is still far from settled.

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Government
2:47 pm
Mon March 10, 2014

House Budget Proposal To Mirror Governor Beshear's

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A budget proposal to be unveiled by the Kentucky House of Representatives will closely resemble the $20 billion biennial budget outlined by Governor Steve Beshear.

House Appropriations and Revenue chair Rick Rand says that chamber’s budget will be virtually the same as the governor’s, specifically in the area of education funding. It will largely preserve Beshear’s requests for the funding formula known as SEEK and implementing raises for teachers.

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