A major source of revenue in Lexington will undergo a review. And, there could be changes in the city’s hotel and motel tax. Veteran Council member Kevin Stinnett wants a re-examination of Lexington’s six-percent transient room tax. The levy, which is paid by anyone staying in Lexington hotels and motels, generates over six million dollars annually. It doesn’t go directly to the city, but instead, goes to the Convention and Visitors Bureau and the Lexington Center Corporation. It’s the Lexington Center which oversees the convention center and Rupp Arena. Stinnett says a review doesn’t necessarily imply a tax increase.
Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., declined to endorse a plan by the House GOP to extend the payroll-tax holiday for the remain of the year without paying for it. After months of partisan gridlock that resulted in a short-term extension set to expire February 29, GOP leaders in the House have yielded by offering to vote on the 2 percent tax relief as a stand alone bill.
Originally published on Wed February 15, 2012 10:44 am
Valentine's Day brought new attention to an old issue. Is the amount of lead found in lipstick a health hazard?
The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics, a consortium of consumer and environmental groups, thinks so. They've argued that there's no safe level for lead in lipsticks — especially for pregnant women and kids — and want the agency to do something to bring the amount of the metal down.
He took on competition that was much bigger and much faster, but in the end the judges decided Malachy, a Pekingese with a long mop of fur framing his funny little pushed-in face, was the top dog in the land and gave him top honors at the Westminster Kennel Club show in New York.