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Government

  • State offers table to collect taxes on online purchases

     The Kentucky Department of Revenue is offering Kentuckians another tool in the 2011 Income Tax Instructions to calculate the 6 percent use tax owed on purchases made from out-of-state retailers. 

  • Guthrie reacts to President's State of the Union Address

     Every Kentuckian watching President Obama's address last week has to be wondering how this year is going to be any different than the past three.  

    President Obama's policies of more spending, higher taxes and more regulations have hampered economic growth and ultimately left our economy weaker.

    Since President Obama took office, 1.7 million fewer people have jobs, gas prices have remained at historic highs and more than $4 trillion has been added to the national debt.

  • FISCAL COURT: Sheriff purchases three cars

     LaRue County Fiscal Court appointed local attorney Kyle Williamson to the LaRue County Public Library Board as magistrates met at the courthouse in Hodgenville Jan. 25.

    Williamson’s term will expire June 30, 2013.

    Mike Cottrell, emergency medical services director, reported 116 ambulance transports in December, totaling 1,453 trips for 2011.

  • Guthrie hosts 'listening session' Thursday

     Congressman Brett Guthrie will host “Listening Sessions” in each of the 21 counties in the Second District during January.  

  • Meredith files pair of farm bills

     Rep. Michael Meredith, R-Brownsville (19th District) announced Thursday he is filing two bills that if passed in the 2012 Legislative Session would provide tax exemptions to Kentucky's equine and agricultural animal industries.

    House Bill 285 would extend sales tax exemptions to any horse farms and equine operations in the Commonwealth on feed, building supplies and other items.  Joining Rep. Meredith as primary co-sponsors on the bill are Rep. Sara Beth Gregory, R-Monticello, and Rep. Ryan Quarles, R-Georgetown.

  • Two LaRue inmates decline early release

     Nearly 1,000 convicts walked out of prison earlier this month as part of changes made to the state’s criminal justice system.

  • Kentucky legislature works on redistricting

    This Week in Frankfort

    Nearly two weeks in, the 2012 General Assembly seemed slow coming together. Its first and most immediate challenge – state-level redistricting – was reported bogged down in predictable political concerns. Deeply ominous but deeply vague early warnings from the Beshear administration about the budget situation left lawmakers pensive, waiting for specifics in the governor’s Budget Address. Anything but speculation on the much-trumpeted casino-gambling proposal was hard to come by.

  • Local businessman plans to run for Congress

     A LaRue County businessman is planning a run for Congress.

    Craig Astor, a Realtor, aircraft mechanic and co-owner of Wrolen Pin Café, will run on the Libertarian ticket.

    Astor resigned as chairman of LaRue County’s Republican Party last month after making the decision to run in the primary election.

    “I was very disappointed in the two-party system,” said Astor. “I think they’ve failed the American people.”

    He’d like to be part of the solution.

  • PHOTO: Sen. Carroll Gibson

     FRANKFORT - Senate Majority Whip Carroll Gibson, R-Leitchfield, studies legislative articles prior to the start of the day's session in the Kentucky Senate. LaRue County is part of Gibson’s district.

  • LEGISLATIVE UPDATE: Michael Lee Meredith on redistricting, budget, firefighter bill

     We gathered in Frankfort this past week for the beginning of the 60-day session of the General Assembly, and we have much work to do.

    There are several big issues that loom over our heads as we try to complete the work of the people of the Commonwealth.