Budget

Senate Republicans passed a $4 trillion budget blueprint late Thursday by a narrow 51-49 vote, with Kentucky's Sen. Rand Paul joining Democrats in opposing the measure considered a key step in forward on President Trump's promises of a tax overhaul.

The White House praised the bill, saying it "creates a pathway to unleash the potential of the American economy through tax reform and tax cuts."

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U.S. Congressman James Comer discussed at a town hall in Mayfield on Thursday the Alexander-Murray health care compromise, government spending, adoptions from foreign countries, industrial hemp and other issues with an audience of around 30 constituents. 

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The Illinois House will vote on overriding Gov. Bruce Rauner's vetoes of budget legislation drawn to end the nation's longest state fiscal crisis since at least the Great Depression.

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A package of legislation aimed at ending a two-year Illinois budget standoff is back to the House.

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Another financial showdown is set for Tuesday between Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner and Democrats who control the General Assembly.

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Illinois lawmakers are back to work after a dramatic vote in the House Sunday to increase income taxes by 32 percent.

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Murray State University’s Board of Regents approved on Friday a 'balanced' budget for the next academic year, shifting $7.3 million dollars. They also formally approved Mark Arant as Provost and VP of Academic Affairs, changes to academic programs and numerous other matters. Board Chair Stephen Williams also weighed in on the recent 'scathing' University of Louisville Foundation audit.

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Murray State University’s Board of Regents are expected to vote Friday on the budget for the next academic year. The budget is expected to balance a $4.5 million decline this year and address $1.8 million in fixed cost increases. 

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The Senate approved the bipartisan $1.1 trillion spending bill that funnels money to nearly every corner of the federal government and keeps it running through the end of the current fiscal year in September. The House approved the measure on Wednesday, and it now goes to President Trump for his signature.

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   President Donald Trump’s proposed budget reduces funding for many domestic programs including a service that funds operations at Barkley Regional Airport in Paducah. The 2018 budget calls for the elimination of the Essential Air Service. The program contracts certificated air carriers to serve small communities. Airport manager Richard Roof said the cut would “delete a substantial amount of funding” for airline services including commercial flights to the O’Hare International Airport in Chicago.

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