Politics

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LouisvilleKY Mayor pledges ‘fierce sense of urgency’ in third term

Louisville, KY., – Mayor Greg Fischer pledged today to bring the same energy, innovation and commitment to his third term as when he first took office in 2011, saying he and his team “are dreaming even bigger, and will move even faster and work even harder in the days ahead.” Delivering his third inaugural address in the rotunda of Metro Hall, which was decked in blue and filled with music by local artists Ben Sollee and Scott Moore, Mayor Fischer highlighted accomplishments of the past eight years, including 80,000 new jobs, 2,700 new businesses and $13 billion in capital investment. “What…


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LouisvilleKY sets goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 80 percent by 2050

Louisville, KY., – Mayor Greg Fischer says Louisville is joining cities across the globe by setting a goal of an 80 percent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. In May 2016, Mayor Fischer signed the Global Covenant of Mayors, an agreement signed by leaders of more than 9,000 cities across the world committing to inventory and develop a strategy to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Globally, cities play a major role in these efforts, as 70 percent of greenhouse gas emissions come from cities. Greenhouse gases get trapped in the atmosphere, which causes warming and leads to climate change. These gases…


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LouisvilleKY’s Chamber of Commerce Unveils 2019 State Legislative Agenda

(Louisville, KY) – Before a crowd of business, civic, and community leaders, Greater Louisville Inc. – the Metro Chamber of Commerce, released its legislative priorities for the upcoming sessions in both Kentucky and Indiana. “We are only as strong as the investors engaged with us and this agenda was created by those same individuals to grow Greater Louisville in a meaningful way,” GLI President and CEO Kent Oyler said. “We look forward to working with legislators on both sides of the river to improve our business climate.” The 2019 State Legislative Agenda includes targeted improvements to Kentucky’s tax code, support…


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Author of book predicting end to ‘White Christian America’ wins LouisvilleKY’s Grawemeyer Award

Story and photo from grawemeyer.org… Louisville, KY., – White Protestantism has dominated U.S. politics and culture for much of the nation’s history, but demographic change and an exodus from churches by the young are bringing the era to a close. That prediction comes from Robert P. Jones, founder and chief executive officer of Public Religion Research Institute (PRRI), who has won the 2019 Grawemeyer Award in Religion for his book, “The End of White Christian America.” Simon & Schuster published the work in 2016. University of Louisville and Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary jointly give the religion prize. America is no longer mostly…


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Election Day is over and here’s how your favorite LouisvilleKY candidate fared

By Jackie Hollenkamp Bentley The votes have been tallied and it’s now the Day After.  Here is a list of the election results, courtesy of the Jefferson County Elections Center…   SUMMARY REPORT RUN DATE:11/06/18 RUN TIME:10:16 PM VOTES PERCENT PRECINCTS COUNTED (OF 623). . . . . 623 100.00 REGISTERED VOTERS – TOTAL . . . . . 0 BALLOTS CAST – TOTAL. . . . . . . 291,591 BALLOTS CAST – BLANK. . . . . . . 10 Straight Party (VOTE FOR) 1 Republican (REP) . . . . . . . . 52,916 36.10 Democratic…


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Airbnb Delivers $2.1 Million in Tax Revenue Kentucky in First Year of Agreement

FRANKFORT, KY — Airbnb, the world’s leading community driven hospitality company, announced today that it remitted over $2.1 million in home sharing tax revenue on behalf of its Kentucky hosts in the first year of its tax agreement with the state, greatly exceeding initial projections. In September 2017, Airbnb and the Kentucky Department of Revenue announced a historic tax agreement, allowing the home sharing platform to automatically collect the 6% state sales tax and the 1% state transient room tax on behalf of its host community and remit the revenue directly to the commonwealth. That agreement took effect October 1, 2017, infusing a new revenue stream for the…


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LouisvilleKY’s Library Director Jim Blanton announces departure

Mayor appoints Lee Burchfield to serve as Interim Director Louisville, KY., – Mayor Greg Fischer announced this week Jim Blanton is leaving his post as Director of Louisville Free Public Library (LFPL) in early November for a similar post in Asheville, N.C., to be closer to family. “Vibrant, modern libraries are critical for a thriving city like Louisville,” Mayor Greg Fischer said.  “Jim’s leadership has been instrumental in the phenomenal, future-leaning growth of our library system over the last three years. Under his watch, we opened the state-of-the-art South Central Regional Library in Okolona and started work on the Northeast…


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Today is the last day to register to vote LouisvilleKY!

Louisville, KY! – In case you haven’t heard, the General Election is less than a month away on Nov. 6, 2018. Are you registered to vote.  You have until 4 o’clock TODAY to do so! Check here at GoVoteKY.com. If you aren’t registered, you can do so on the website by 4 p.m. OR drop them off at any DMV in Jefferson County OR mail the registration cards to Jefferson County Election Center,  701 W. Ormsby Ave., Suite 301, Louisville, KY, 40203    If you mail it, the card needs to be postmarked by today’s date, Oct. 9.


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New bicycle pump track unveiled at LouisvilleKY’s Shawnee Park

Photos from Metro Councilwoman Cheri Bryant Hamilton’s Facebook page… Louisville, KY., – Third District Congressman John Yarmuth, Metro Councilwoman Cheri Bryant Hamilton and others were on hand Saturday as Louisville Parks and Recreation unveiled a new bicycle pump track in Shawnee Park as part of the West Louisville Appreciation Day festival. “This pump track is another exciting way for young people in West Louisville and throughout our city to experience the outdoors and have fun in one of the many award-winning parks right here in our community. It was an honor to join Councilwoman Cheri Bryant Hamilton and so many West…


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LouisvilleKY Metro Council approves new budget

Louisville – By a vote 21 to 3, the Louisville Metro Council has approved the Fiscal Year 2018- 2019 Operating Budget for Metro Government. By a vote of 20 to 4, the Council gave its approval to the Capital Budget for the coming year.           “The approved budget continues to heavily fund public safety and infrastructure, including paving and sidewalks. It increases funding for the Office for Safe and Healthy Neighborhoods, which is helping to reduce crime in ways proven to work around the country.  It maintains historically high funding for affordable housing. The Council has increased appropriations to the…