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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…


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LouisvilleKY Earns Bronze Medal on Policies that Improve Residents’ Health and Quality of Life

Louisville makes progress in promoting health and quality of life, according to new CityHealth report Louisville, KY., – Louisville earned a bronze medal in an evaluation of whether its policies improve residents’ health and quality of life, according to the CityHealth initiative’s updated city ratings. CityHealth, an initiative of the de Beaumont Foundation and Kaiser Permanente, offers a close look at whether the nation’s 40 largest cities have nine key policies in place that experts say help residents lead healthier lives and make communities thrive. For each of these nine policies, CityHealth awarded each city a gold, silver, bronze, or…


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Metro Council Budget Committee to hold second Public Hearing for LouisvilleKY’s Budgets

Louisville – The Louisville Metro Council’s Budget Committee will hold its next public hearing on Tuesday, May 15th on Mayor Greg Fischer’s proposed 2018 -2019 Capital and Operating Budgets. “There were 26 groups that came before the Committee last week to discuss their program needs. This second hearing will offer other the chance to come forward and give their views on how the Metro Council should spend tax dollars,” says Councilman Bill Hollander (D-9), Chair of the Committee. This year, the committee is adding a third opportunity for the public to speak about the budget on Monday, May 21 at…


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LouisvilleKY hosts 23rd Festival of Faiths this week

By Jackie Hollenkamp Bentley Information from www.festivaloffaiths.org Louisville, KY., – The 23rd Annual Festival of Faiths officially opens this week with a Tuesday evening opening ceremony at Louisville’s Cathedral of the Assumption. The five-day, internationally-known event seeks to celebrate “multi-faith music, poetry, art, film and dialogue with spiritual leaders, practitioners and teachers. This year’s theme is Sacred Insight and Feminine Wisdom and features a schedule of speakers and artists exploring “the feminine aspects of the divine, non-dual thinking, the wisdom of the natural world, suffering, healing, emotional intelligence, and creativity. The Festival seeks to offer deeper insight into the Sacred Feminine…


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Former LouisvilleKY mayor Jerry Abramson to begin stint at Spalding University

Story from spalding.edu Louisville, KY., – Jerry Abramson, formerly the Mayor of Louisville, Lieutenant Governor of Kentucky and Deputy Assistant to the President and Director of Intergovernmental Affairs at the White House, has accepted the position of Executive in Residence at Spalding University, Spalding President Tori Murden McClure announced Tuesday. Abramson will teach undergraduate and graduate classes at Spalding and is expected to play a role in Spalding’s development of academic programs focused on juvenile criminal justice reform and restorative practices. He will be available to teach and guest lecture in courses on comparative leadership, public finance and innovation in…


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LouisvilleKY’s Teamsters UPS Aircraft Mechanics To President Trump: “Stand With Workers Over Corporate Greed”

In the Letter, UPS Aircraft Mechanics and Related Employees Ask Trump to Hold UPS Accountable on its Promises to Workers Following Tax Reform LOUISVILLE, Ky., April 18, 2018 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — UPS aircraft mechanics and related classifications, who maintain the company’s massive air cargo fleet, are appealing directly to President Trump in a new letter alerting him to UPS executives’ refusal to invest their tax savings in employees and asking him, “Is there anything you can do, Mr. President, to help working people like us out and tell CEO David Abney to do the right thing?” Mechanics, who have been organizing and gathering signatures of support for…


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LouisvilleKY and Airbnb announce tax agreement

Story from Louisvilleky.gov Louisville, Ky., – Louisville Metro and Airbnb have announced the finalization of an agreement that will allow the company to collect and remit taxes on behalf of its hosts in Louisville and Jefferson County. Effective April 1, Airbnb will automatically collect and remit the Louisville Transient Room Tax (8.5%) for taxable bookings. The agreement allows Louisville to fully benefit from people visiting and staying longer through home sharing. Collecting and remitting hotel taxes can be complicated, as the rules were designed for traditional hospitality providers and large hotel corporations with teams of lawyers and accountants. That’s why…


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LouisvilleKY proposal is a finalist in Bloomberg Philanthropies’ 2018 Mayors Challenge

City receives up to $100,000 for testing phase in competition for Grand Prize for innovative solutions to urgent challenges Louisville, KY., – Louisville is among 35 Champion Cities announced today as finalists in the Bloomberg Philanthropies’ 2018 U.S. Mayors Challenge, a nationwide competition that encourages city leaders to uncover bold, inventive ideas that confront the toughest problems cities face. Chosen from a competitive pool of more than 320 applications, the Champion Cities will now begin a six-month testing phase where they will conduct public prototypes of their ideas with grant funding of up to $100,000 per city. Louisville’s proposal, developed by…


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LouisvilleKY’s Parks and Recreation takes over operation of Quail Chase Golf Club

Photos from Quail Golf Club’s Facebook page… Louisville, KY., – Louisville Parks and Recreation has assumed responsibility for the operation of Quail Chase Golf Club, a 27-hole championship-level course located on the Jefferson/Bullitt county line 20 minutes south of downtown Louisville. The addition brings a marquee golf destination to Parks and Recreation’s portfolio of courses, including nine municipally run tracks located within the Louisville Metro area. Metro acquired the facility and improvements Feb. 1 from Golf Development Company Inc. for $850,000. Through the agreement, Golf Development Inc. will make an annual $25,000 donation to the First Tee of Louisville for…


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Ten LouisvilleKY Metro Council members File Resolution to Support Medical Cannabis Legalization in Kentucky

Louisville – Ten Metro Councilmembers have signed on as co-sponsors of a resolution urging the Kentucky General Assembly to enact legislation that would legalize medical cannabis in the Commonwealth of Kentucky, primary sponsor Bill Hollander (D-9) reported today. “Medical cannabis can help many of our constituents,” Hollander said. “I am pleased that so many of my colleagues agree that we should ask the Kentucky General Assembly to take action to help them,” said Hollander. Many medical professionals believe that medical cannabis is an effective treatment for chronic pain and post-traumatic stress disorder suffered by military veterans, and it is legally…