Kentucky

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8:26 pm
Mon December 17, 2012

Kentucky Governor's Tax Commission Issues Report

LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- A panel appointed by Gov. Steve Beshear to review Kentucky's tax system on Monday recommended dozens of changes that include lowering individual and corporate tax rates, raising the cigarette tax and expanding the sales tax to certain services.

Changes suggested by the Governor's Blue Ribbon Commission on Tax Reform would generate about $659 million in additional state revenue each year, said Lt. Gov. Jerry Abramson, who headed the group that spent months studying the state's tax code.

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3:04 pm
Fri December 14, 2012

Kentucky Gets Federal Approval for State-Based Health Exchange

FRANKFORT, Ky. - After months building a state-based health exchange, Kentucky officials have been told that the federal government has given approval to their work.

Despite objections from Republican lawmakers, Kentucky officials quickly began working on a state-based exchange --- a part of the Affordable Care Act.

Many states surrounding Kentucky are opting for a federal-run exchange or haven’t yet made a decision.

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7:39 pm
Mon December 10, 2012

Kentucky Lawmakers Optimistic Gambling Bill Will Pass

LEXINGTON, Ky. - After years of defeat, Kentucky lawmakers believe an expanded gambling bill could become law next year. 

At the Kentucky Chamber’s annual policy day, House Speaker Greg Stumbo and new Senate Majority Floor Leader Damon Thayer discussed the prospects of such a bill in the upcoming session. Both leaders suggested the opposing chamber take up the bill first when they get to Frankfort next month. 

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7:18 pm
Mon December 10, 2012

Tax Amnesty Getting Credit For Pushing Up Revenue

FRANKFORT, Ky. -- An offer of tax amnesty in Kentucky was a factor in a significant rise in General Fund revenue in November, the state's budget chief said Monday.

Budget director Mary Lassiter said revenue rose 7.6 percent to $784.2 million, largely the result of 16.4 percent jump in property tax collections.

Individual income tax revenue increased by 10.7 percent and sales tax receipts rose by 4.6 percent for the month.

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7:21 pm
Thu November 29, 2012

Stumbo Says Gambling Bill Can Start In The House

FRANKFORT, Ky.  -- House Speaker Greg Stumbo is no longer demanding that any legislation calling for a constitutional amendment to legalize gambling in Kentucky start in the Senate.

"That line in the sand doesn't have to be drawn anymore," Stumbo told reporters during a Capitol press conference on Thursday. "I don't care if it's a House bill or a Senate bill."

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7:09 am
Fri November 16, 2012

Kentucky One Step Closer To Resuming Executions

LOUISVILLE, Ky.  --  Kentucky has moved one step closer to resuming executions - perhaps in the spring - by sending new rules for lethal injections to lawmakers. Once approved, the state will ask the judge who halted executions more than a year ago to lift his order.

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7:29 am
Mon October 22, 2012

Deadline This Week For Write-In Candidates In Kentucky

FRANKFORT, Ky. --  People who want to be considered as write-in candidates in the Nov. 6 election in Kentucky must have their paperwork and filing fee turned in this week.

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9:19 am
Tue October 16, 2012

Judge Lets Hate Crime Case In Kentucky Proceed

LOUISVILLE, Ky.  --  A federal judge has turned away a challenge to a federal hate crimes law and allowed jury selection to start for two eastern Kentucky men charged under the statute.

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1:30 pm
Tue September 25, 2012

Kentucky Holds Public Hearing On Execution Method

FRANKFORT, Ky.  --  Two of the three inmates executed in Kentucky since 1976 didn't contest their fates and went willingly to their deaths. One attorney worries that, under the state's new proposed lethal injection rules, the inmate's attorney won't be notified in time to stop the process if a future volunteer has a change of heart.

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7:45 pm
Thu September 20, 2012

Kentucky Launching Tax Amnesty Program

FRANKFORT, Ky.  --  In hopes of reaping a financial windfall, Kentucky officials will allow people and businesses owing back taxes to pay up under an amnesty offer that begins on Oct. 1.

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