The Morning Cram [we all fall down edition]

Dec 31, 2012

From NPR: There are actually reasons to love the fiscal cliff. For one, it allows Congress to sell a tax increase as a tax cut. Want an explanation? Find it here.

Kentucky: Thirteen Kentucky organizations are receiving more than $11 million in grant money after the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Tennessee Valley Authority agreed on a settlement. Gov. Steve Beshear will likely have to re-issue his executive order to keep the state health insurance exchange running. Union, Henderson and Daviess counties are under a winter weather advisory until tomorrow morning. The Murray State Racers fell to Valparaiso in Saturday’s game. Kentucky lawmakers are at odds about whether to postpone redistricting for a year. A Hopkinsville energy plant is now using sweet sorghum in addition to corn to make ethanol. An Owensboro teacher is honored with the Milken Award. Murray residents won’t be popping any corks at midnight this year. A Madisonville hospital bans smoking in 2013.

Tennessee: House Speaker Beth Harwell wants to cap the number of bills legislators can pass each session to 10. The Emergency Unemployment Compensation is ending Jan. 2, affecting more than 30,000 people in Tennessee and 24,000 in Kentucky. A new law is taking affect that will require seniors to have a photo on their driver’s licenses.

Illinois: The state continues to drag its feet on the pension crisis. Adults hosting parties with underage drinking will face misdemeanor charges and a fine starting Jan. 1.