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Lawmakers roll up sleeves for session
Kentucky lawmakers face a simple question when they come to Frankfort on Tuesday for the biennial budget session. They have to find more money or make more cuts.
Funding education area of debate, concern
Since 1990, Kentucky has been viewed as a leader in education reform, first with passage of the landmark Kentucky Education Reform Act in 1990 and then with passage of Senate Bill 1 in 2009.
Stumbo wants raise in minimum wage
Democratic House Speaker Greg Stumbo said Friday he will sponsor a bill in the upcoming legislative session to raise Kentucky’s minimum wage to $10.10 an hour.
Moderate state revenue growth seen next two years
State government will see moderate growth in revenues over the next two years, according to the group of outside economists who develop the projections, but not quite as much as they’d hoped when they last looked at the numbers in October.
Coal severance funds have gone lots of directions
It was supposed to be different. When Kentucky started sending half of its coal severance taxes back to coal-mining counties, it was supposed to be used for economic development in anticipation of the days when coal would no longer dominate the coal-field economy.
That day has come, but there’s not much to show for the coal severance money that’s been spent in eastern Kentucky over the decades. Some industrial parks — some of which sit idle — and airports were built, and severance funds boosted efforts to provide water and sanitary services to residents.
Eastern Kentucky still key to governor’s race
If you want to be governor of Kentucky, especially a Democratic governor, you must look to the hills of eastern Kentucky.
Despite changes to the coal industry, the economic crisis in eastern Kentucky and the Republican trend in Kentucky, the previous sentence remains true. Proof of that was on display Monday at the Shaping Our Appalachian Region (SOAR) Summit in Pikeville.
Rogers: SOAR summit not the end
Its land and people helped fuel the industrialization of an entire country, but that country has largely ignored the ravaged land and the human despair left behind.
Eastern Kentucky produced riches for a coal industry which packed off the profits and left the land scarred and depleted, its people looking for jobs which often don’t exist.
Coal talk will be part of SOAR Summit
When 1,500 or more people gather in Pikeville on Monday to discuss ways to re-invent and expand the regional economy beyond coal, there will be some among them not yet ready to give up on coal.
Select committee to begin probe of Arnold allegations
The governing arm of the Kentucky General Assembly is ready to sign a contract with an attorney chosen to advise a House Select Committee looking into allegations of sexual harassment against former lawmaker John Arnold of Sturgis.
Republicans eye House takeover in ’14
The 2014 U.S. Senate race for the seat now held by Republican Mitch McConnell may be the most important in the nation, but it might be the second-most important election inside the state.
Kentucky’s House of Representatives is the only state legislative chamber in the South that isn’t controlled by a Republican majority, but it may not stay that way after 2014. Republicans have set their sights on taking over the House, where Democrats now hold a 54-45 majority with one vacancy.
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