Kentucky

WVXU
2:55 pm
Fri February 22, 2013

Bill would allow public-private partnerships for big construction projects in Kentucky

State Rep. Sannie Overly has filed a bill that will allow the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet to explore public-private partnerships to help construction projects with big price tags.

The bill doesn't specifically name any projects, but Kentucky currently has multiple instances where the bill could help work start, namely the Brent Spence Bridge in Northern Kentucky and Interstate 69 in western Kentucky.

Overly, a Paris Democrat, said the goal is to help the state have one more avenue to help fund its infrastructure projects.

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Kentucky Arts Council Market
12:32 am
Fri February 22, 2013

Previewing the Kentucky Stage

Our Roberta Schultz previews the upcoming Kentucky Stage at the Kentucky Arts Council Market.


Technology
1:49 pm
Tue February 5, 2013

Bill aims to expand broadband in Kentucky; critics say it would reduce land-line service

Advocates for more wireless and broadband options in Kentucky will once again push a bill reforming the state's telecommunications laws—specifically, removing language that requires old-school land-line service throughout the state.

Citizens for a Digital Future unveiled the legislation Tuesday, which is sponsored by state Sen. Paul Hornback, a Republican from Shelbyville.

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Local News
2:13 pm
Wed January 30, 2013

Report: Kentucky's tax system unbalanced

A new report by the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy shows a big gap between Kentucky’s income levels on who pays taxes.

The report says Kentucky’s top 1 percent income bracket pays roughly 5 percent of the state’s income tax, while the bottom 20 percent pays 9 percent.

Middle income levels are saddled with a higher percent, according to the report.

Jason Bailey, director of the Kentucky Center for Economic Policy, says the numbers show tax reform needs to happen quickly in Kentucky to better balance the burdens.

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Education
4:00 am
Mon January 28, 2013

Poll: Raise Kentucky's dropout age

A new poll shows that an overwhelming majority of Kentucky parents favor raising the dropout age to 18 years old.

Currently, students can drop out of school at 16 with a parent’s permission. But Governor Steve Beshear has pushed to change that.

A poll by the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky shows that 85 percent of parents agree with the governor and would like to see the age raised to 18.

The poll surveyed 1,000 parents in Kentucky.

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