Despite Bevin warning, 40 tax cuts proposed

by Tom Loftus , @TomLoftus_CJ – FRANKFORT, Ky. – As Gov. Matt Bevin warns that Kentucky’s tax code is already riddled with more than 300 loopholes, state lawmakers continue to propose more tax breaks for everything from buying gold bullion to donating “apparently wholesome food.” “We exempt more income in Kentucky than we take in,” Bevin complained…

Mayor Greg Fischer wants a gun violence prevention talk with state leaders

by Phillip M. Bailey , @phillipmbailey – Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer talks Louisville’s poor neighborhoods, jobs, and Gov. Matt Bevin’s comments on gun violence in Louisville. Mayor Greg Fischer wants state lawmakers to consider giving Louisville better tools to prevent gun violence, including repealing a law that forbids police from destroying confiscated firearms. Speaking to Metro Council Democrats on Thursday,…

Reebok releases McConnell inspired T-shirt

by Madeline Janicki – The words U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell used to end a floor speech from U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren, D-Massachusetts, have become a rallying cry among feminists and Democrats, and now Reebok is putting the phrase on a shirt. Last Tuesday, McConnell, R-Kentucky, defended the use of rule 19, a regulation that bars…

Bevin touts bright future as many Dems skip state of the Commonwealth

 by Scott Wartman , [email protected] – With the Republicans in complete control of all branches of state government, Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin painted a rosy picture of Kentucky’s future on Wednesday. It was Bevin’s first State of the Commonwealth address since Kentucky Republicans took control of the Kentucky House of Representatives this past election. That might be why…

Senate GOP leader wants to change how library boards are chosen

BY JOHN CHEVES, [email protected] –  FRANKFORT — Senate Majority Leader Damon Thayer, R-Georgetown, said Wednesday that he wants to place limits on the taxing authority of local library boards by requiring their members to either be elected or appointed by an elected official, such as the county judge-executive. Staring at a hearing room full of library supporters wearing yellow…