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Bernie Sanders is coming to LouisvilleKY

LouisvilleKY, – U.S. Senator and former presidential candidate Bernie Sanders is coming to Louisville this Friday. The Protecting Working Families Rally with Bernie Sanders joins Not One Penny and MoveOn.Org for a rally to stand up against what Sanders’ website calls “the horrific GOP tax proposal”. The rally will be at the Galt House Hotel in Downtown Louisville. Tickets are not required, but RSVPs are strongly encouraged. Admission is first come, first served. Doors open at 5:30 with the rally to begin at 7 p.m.


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LouisvilleKY Metro budget balanced for Fiscal Year 2016-17

Increased revenues largely offset public safety related expenditures Louisville, KY., – Louisville Metro Government has ended the 2016-2017 fiscal year with a balanced budget while also growing the “Rainy Day Fund” to $68.9 million, up from $67.9 million, Chief Financial Officer Daniel Frockt announced today. A year-end budget balancing ordinance — sponsored by Councilwoman Marianne Butler — was filed today with Metro Council to close out the year following the annual financial audit. Final General Fund revenues were $589 million—about $4 million (or 0.7%) more than the most recent forecast of $584.9 million, thanks in large part to 5.3% growth…


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LouisvilleKY Mayor reminds people the Affordable Care Act is still the law, open enrollment starts this week

Enrollment period is shorter this year and ends Dec. 15. ‘Don’t wait,’ Mayor says LOUISVILLE, Ky.  – Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer today joined agency officials and public health advocates to remind those without health insurance that they can enroll for a Qualified Health Plan under the Affordable Care Act starting on Wednesday, Nov. 1. The open enrollment period is much shorter than in years past, ending on Dec. 15. “With all the news about what’s been going on and not going on in Washington in regard to the Affordable Care Act, people may not realize that they can still enroll,”…


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LouisvilleKY ranked a top 10 city for small business friendliness

Louisville, Ky., – Mayor Greg Fischer today announced that Louisville has earned an A grade from small business owners through Thumbtack’s 2017 Small Business Friendliness Survey, which is the largest continuous study of small business perceptions of government policy in the United States. Louisville ranked No. 7 out of the 80 cities surveyed and is the only city in Kentucky to receive this top ranking. The state received a grade of A-, ranking 17 out of 50 states surveyed. “This recent ranking affirms that Louisville’s entrepreneurial community is thriving,” said the Mayor. “We pair our strong pro-business culture with a strong…


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LouisvilleKY scores perfect 100 for third year on Human Rights Campaign scorecard

Louisville, KY., –  For the third year in a row, Louisville has earned a perfect 100 on the Human Rights Campaign scorecard, which says the city remains a “beacon of hope” in terms of ensuring that all residents are treated equally regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity. The Municipal Equality Index (MEI) scorecard measures laws, services and leadership that promote the inclusion of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals. Louisville is the only city in Kentucky to receive a perfect score. Lexington scored 96, Covington at 74, Morehead at 59 and Frankfort at 52. In a news release announcing…


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LouisvilleKY’s Rick Pitino is off the UofL team, fired today by Board of Trustees

By Jackie Hollenkamp Bentley   Louisville, KY., – Multiple news sources are reporting that Rick Pitino has officially been fired from the University of Louisville Men’s Basketball program. Pitino had been on administrative leave since Sept. 27 when the FBI announced an investigation into fraud and corruption in college basketball.  The university’s board of trustees voted this afternoon to formally terminate the Hall of Fame coach’s contract. According to ESPN.com, Pitino’s attorney (Steve Pence) submitted an affidavit on his behalf at today’s meeting, stating the termination was unjust. “I do not dispute ULAA’s right to terminate my employment at its discretion,” Pitino’s…


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LouisvilleKY Vote to be rescheduled on Butchertown Stadium Development District bond

Mayor agrees to push vote to Oct. 26 to give council more time for review Louisville, KY., – Mayor Greg Fischer, Metro Councilwoman Barbara Sexton Smith and the Louisville City Football Club jointly announced today that a vote on a $30 million bond for a new Butchertown Stadium Development District will be pushed back to Oct. 26, to give the Metro Council additional time for review. “I want the Council to have the time they need to understand what a smart opportunity this is for our city,” the Mayor said. “This stadium will anchor a $200 million project that develops…


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LouisvilleKY’s strong economy, sound management leads to positive credit ratings from ‘Big 3’ agencies

Louisville, KY., – Three nationally recognized credit rating services are citing Louisville Metro’s strong economy, sound management, and budgetary flexibility as the basis for again granting positive bond ratings. The new acknowledgments from “The Big Three” credit agencies — Fitch Ratings, Inc., Moody’s Investors Service, and Standard & Poor’s — strengthen Metro’s position to invest in the city. The investments complement the $11 billion in capital investments since 2014 from other sectors to further grow the local economy. “We’re seeing economic momentum that’s unprecedented in Louisville’s modern history, fueled by public and private investments in every corner of the city,…


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Property tax rates down again in LouisvilleKY Metro for third consecutive year

Louisville, Ky., – For the third consecutive year, property tax rates will go down for Louisville residents, according to Metro Government’s Office of Management and Budget. “The benefits of our economic momentum reach Metro residents in many ways,” said Mayor Fischer. “A decrease in property tax rates is one of them.” This year, the countywide Metro real property tax rate will go from 12.45 cents per $100 assessed value to 12.35 cents. That change amounts to a one dollar savings for every $100,000 of assessed property value. “Continued growth in our local economy and a strong real estate market are…


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LouisvilleKY Mayor calls for review of all public art, in preparation for community discussion about their place in the city

  LOUISVILLE —Mayor Greg Fischer announced Sunday that he’s directing the Louisville Commission on Public Art to review its catalogue of public art to develop a list of pieces that can be interpreted to be honoring bigotry, racism and/or slavery. This is in preparation for a community conversation about their display. “I recognize that some people say all these monuments should be left alone, because they are part of our history,” Fischer said. “But we need to discuss and interpret our history from multiple perspectives and from different viewpoints. That’s why a community conversation is crucial.” “Both our human values…