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Government

  • 2016 Session wrapping up

    By State Representative Terry Mills

    This week, the General Assembly returns to the Capitol for a single day to wrap up the 2016 legislative session.

    While this time traditionally has been set aside just to consider whether the House and Senate should override any vetoes a governor might issue, we have begun in recent years to also use this time to vote on other bills that were unresolved before the veto recess. This year, the biggest of those is the state’s two-year budget.

  • House staked out priorities

    By State Rep. Terry Mills

    In one sense, Kentucky’s budget doesn’t change much from year to year.  A little more than half of every state dollar, for example, goes to our schools, colleges and universities.  Another fourth is dedicated to Medicaid and other health services, about a tenth is spent on criminal justice and the final dime goes to everything else.

    While there is relatively little discussion in the General Assembly about those ratios, there is often lively debate on the best way to move each major area forward.

  • Rep. Mills receives survey results

    Residents of the 24th House District show strong support for a higher minimum wage, tax breaks for job creators and a statewide smoking ban, according to results of a December survey that state Rep. Terry Mills sent to 1,800 of his constituents.

  • Budget discussions continue in state legislature

    By State Rep. Terry Mills

    Just as it is often said that games are won or lost during practice, a similar principle applies as well to legislation.  Before a bill can clear the House or Senate, it has to make it through a committee first.

    That groundwork is especially crucial when it comes to the budget, which Governor Bevin proposed late last month. The House Appropriations and Revenue Committee began reviewing it in-depth last week.  The chamber is on track to complete this work and vote on it by the early days of March.

  • Additional filings for state office

    Several people filed to run for state offices last Tuesday after press time of the LaRue County Herald News.

    The additional filings were democrat Ricky Alvey who filed as a candidate for state senator. He will face democrat candidate Leslie J. Stith in the May primary election. The republican candidate for state senator is Stephen L. Meredith.

  • Beginning the budget process

    By Terry Mills

    State Representative

    The biggest responsibility the governor and the General Assembly have during legislative sessions in even-numbered years is enacting a budget to run state government.  It sets our priorities in a way no other law can.

    The budget process actually began months ago, when agencies compiled their projected needs while the state’s economists, known as the Consensus Forecasting Group, determined exactly how much the state could appropriate.

  • Short week at state legislatrue

    By State Representative Terry Mills

    With the General Assembly off on Monday for the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday and on Friday because of the snow, last week was an especially short one for legislators.

    However, a reduced schedule didn’t keep the House from moving several bills forward.

    Last Wednesday, the chamber’s Judiciary Committee put its support behind House Bill 229, which would give the Attorney General’s office jurisdiction to pursue and prosecute human trafficking cases.  

  • Primary election taking shape

    The May Primary election is taking shape as the filing deadline for candidates ended Tuesday, January 26.

    LaRue Countians will cast their vote for several races during the primary election including U.S. president, U.S. senator, U.S. representative, state senate and state representative. There are no county or city races in the 2016 primary election. The following are the candidates who filed on Tuesday prior to the publication deadline for the LaRue County Herald News.

  • State releases water report

    By State Rep. Terry Mills

    About a week ago, state officials released the latest annual report on the quality of a resource we too often take for granted, our drinking water.

    In short, the news is good for those who rely on the treated water provided each and every day by our nearly 450 public utilities.

  • Hodgenville approves first reading of tax ordinance

    The Hodgenville City Council approved the first reading of the 2015 real property and tangible property tax ordinance at their monthly meeting on August 10.

    The ordinance calls for an increase on all taxable real property to .133 cents per $100, as opposed to last year’s rate of .128 cents per $100. The ordinance calls for the motor vehicle tax rate to remain the same at .195 cents per $100.

    Mayor Kenny Devore said the tax on real property was a small increase that would amount to an extra $10 per $200,000.