Wed June 24, 2015

Lexington City Leaders Move Forward with Police Body Cameras

Lexington Police Chief Mark Barnard
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Lexington leaders are moving forward with the purchase of body cameras for police. Council members had previously decided to wait until the fall to take up the $600,000 project due to questions about future costs pertaining to video storage. City Chief Administrative Officer Sally Hamilton told council Tuesday that those questions have been answered. "When that answer was given to some of the storage, things automatically changed because that was the big issue that was the real stumbling block here," Hamilton said. "Not the cameras, but how you store all this stuff and access it all." 

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Wed June 10, 2015

Lexington City Leaders to Revisit Police Body Camera Funding This Fall

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Funding for police body cameras in Lexington is not included in the budget plan that members are expected to approve next week. 

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Mon June 1, 2015

Lexington Leaders Considering $2M Worth of Park Improvements

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The budget proposal before Lexington Council members includes a number of neighborhood park refurbishing projects.  The mayor's plan calls for almost $2 million in improvements.  General Services Commissioner Geoff Reed says parking lot developments and upgrades to playing courts could be completed within a year or so.  "Some of the other projects that they're discussing like new bathrooms which involves construction, interaction with neighborhoods for the planning process of where folks want things, what they want them to look like which parks is very good at doing may take a little longe

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Sun April 13, 2014
State Capitol

Kentucky Budget Surplus Seen Less Likely

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky's general fund tax revenues increased 2.4 percent in March - enough to ward off a deficit but not enough to promise a surplus.

State Budget Director Jane Driskell announced the state collected $753.5 million in March, a $17.7 million increase from last year.

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Sat February 1, 2014
State Capitol

Legislative Leaders to Meet with Governor on Tax Reform

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Leaders from both the Kentucky House and Senate are scheduled to meet with Governor Beshear Monday to talk tax reform.  Lawmakers have been waiting on details of a proposal. Governor Beshear promised weeks ago he would come forward with a legislative proposal to reform taxes.  But, the particulars of how to change the state’s tax structure will likely be revealed in Monday's meeting.

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Fri January 31, 2014

Higher Ed Budget Discussion Includes Call for Merging Agencies, Vocal Universities

Science Building on the campus of Eastern Kentucky University
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A review of higher education budget issues has included a call for merging education administration and urging university presidents to become more politically vocal.  The discussion occurred during a meeting of the state budget review committee.

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Wed January 22, 2014
The Commonwealth

Beshear's Budget Includes "Harsh" Cuts to Free Funds for Education

Gov. Beshear delivered his budget address before a joint session of the General Assembly at the State Capitol Tuesday
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Governor Steve Beshear says ‘harsh’ budget cuts to some state agencies are needed to move the Commonwealth forward in the areas of education and economic development.  The governor outlined his budget strategy last night during a joint session of the Kentucky General Assembly.

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Tue January 21, 2014
The Commonwealth

Gov. Beshear's 2014 Budget Address Text & Fact Sheets

Governor Steve Beshear delivered his Budget Address before a joint session of the Kentucky General Assembly Tuesday January 21 at the State Capitol in Frankfort. 

Attached are copies of the Governor's address and fact sheets with information about specific aspects of his budget proposal.   These are .PDF documents that you can download to your computer or click to view in a .PDF reader.

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Sun April 28, 2013
Kentucky Tonight

Federal Budget topic of Kentucky Tonight

Listen to Kentucky Tonight Tuesday morning at 11:00 on the WEKU Stations.

On this week's edition of Kentucky Tonight, host Bill Goodman and guests will the federal budget.  The program which airs "live" Monday evening on Kentucky Educational Television, will be re-broadcast Tuesday morning at 11:00 on the WEKU Stations.

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Mon January 23, 2012
State Capitol

State Budget is topic of KET's Kentucky Tonight

On this week's edition of Kentucky Tonight, host Bill Goodman and guests will discuss the state budget.

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Tue June 7, 2011
Statehouse News

Aviation Needs Under Review

Kentucky lawmakers want to know more about aviation needs, including aircraft owned and operated by the state.  The Department of Aviation has 35 employees and an annual budget of around $10 million. The department oversees three fixed-wing aircraft and one helicopter. Two other planes under the department's control were sold at auction last month.

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Thu May 12, 2011

EKU Head Counts Fiscal Blessings

After a couple years of recession and state budget cuts, the president of Eastern Kentucky University says some bills are coming due.  Two new buildings are going on-line at EKU and President Doug Whitlock must figure out how to pay for their operation and maintenance. The state once provided funds for such expenses, but, now schools like Eastern must pay those bills.

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