General Assembly

KSP Troopers Get Higher Pay

Aug 1, 2016
wkms.org

Starting this week, Kentucky State Police troopers are earning higher pay for their service.  Governor Bevin and state lawmakers worked earlier this year to include salary increases in the budget.  State Police Spokesman Michael Webb says this pay hike could help with recruitment efforts.  “With this new pay raise, it is a new tool that has bolstered our efforts and abilities to recruit quality applicants who will be trustworthy and serve their communities in a professional manner,” said Webb.

 

 

Work to Reach Agreement on a State Budget Begins

Mar 25, 2016
kyforward.com

Kentucky House and Senate conferees are beginning their work trying to reach agreement on a $21 billion budget.  It’s the first budget conference committee for Lexington Representative and Republican Whip Stan Lee.  “I don’t think the differences are as insurmountable as people once thought," Lee said. "I think the biggest movement happened when the House passed its version of the budget."

Lee says a major hurdle was crossed when the House decided not to borrow $3 billion to help remedy the state’s pension problems.  

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This year marks the first legislative session under Governor Matt Bevin, and the first budget year of his administration as well.

A lot of important issues affecting many Kentuckians are making their way into this legislative session. Significant budget cuts, and legislation aimed at addressing issues like abortion, coal, and heroin addiction as well as many other important issues.

This week’s program originates from the State Capitol in Frankfort and with us to discuss some of these issues will be:

Last month, the city of Louisville voted to raise the minimum wage to 9 dollars an hour, a move that will be complete by 2017.  As part of the 2015 Kentucky General Assembly, a bill is on the table that could see a similar increase state-wide.   

On this week's Eastern Standard we'll talk the Minimum Wage in Kentucky.

Assessing Pace of 2014 General Assembly

Jan 24, 2014
courier-journal.com

The Kentucky general assembly is about a third of the way through the 2014 session.  As is the case in most Kentucky legislative sessions, a great deal of the voting comes in the later weeks and days.  For instance, no votes occurred in either house Friday morning and both the House and Senate were in session for less than an hour.

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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.