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This Week in Frankfort: A wrap-up of what went on — from governor’s budget to issues moving forward

By Robert Weber Legislative Research Commission The biggest issue of the General Assembly’s 2020 session came to the forefront this week as lawmakers received a state budget proposal from Gov. Andy Beshear. Now that the proposal is in legislators’ hands, members of budget subcommittees are digging into the two-year spending plan to fully understand how it would impact state finances, programs,...

This week in Frankfort: Pension bill delayed as it’s sent back to committee; other bills in the works

Capitol observers have been tuned in for months to find out what form lawmakers’ public pension reform plans might take and how legislators would cast their first votes on the issue.   They got some answers as Senate Bill 1 advanced through a Senate committee this week.   On Wednesday, the latest version of proposed pension was approved by the Senate State and Local Government Committee on a  7-4...

The Week in Frankfort: Making points and counterpoints in the ‘marketplace of ideas’

Rep. Susan Westrom, D-Lexington (left), and Rep. David Osborne, R-Prospect, speak to reporters following a Capitol rally last week in support of expanded gaming in Kentucky. (Photo from LRC Public Information)   Legislative Research Commission   “Mr. Speaker, I rise to speak…”   Time and again, as debate on the state budget stretched into the evening this past Thursday, House members...

This Week in Frankfort: Session’s ‘bloody’ budget work about to get deeply real, real fast

By Scott Payton LRC Public Information   A governor’s budget address is a momentary snapshot defining a version of reality. It has also, for 10 years or more, been a painful picture from a bad family trip, often rock-back-on-your heels disturbing.   But it’s also the necessary opening statement in a discussion that will consume Frankfort’s deep Capitol winter, throwing terms of debate...