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LouisvilleKY faces ‘devastating’ cuts in services

Mayor: Without new revenue, city faces “devastating” cuts in services because of Frankfort-mandated pension obligation Cuts would include every agency of Metro government, including police officers, fire stations, libraries and community services Louisville, KY., – Mayor Greg Fischer outlined specific and “devastating” potential cuts to city services and staff that would, without new revenue, be necessary to cover an expected $65 million budget gap over the next four years, caused by a state-mandated pension increase that grows every year through FY23. The potential cuts range from staffing reductions in nearly every Louisville Metro Government (LMG) department, including police, fire and…

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Get Out Your Hatchet—It’s Budget-Cuttin’ Time

Mayor Greg Fischer gave his State of the City Address today at the Galt House. His speech began optimistically enough, taking the opportunity to highlight a few of his first year’s achievements—the preservation of Whiskey Row, new job creation and smart phone apps that deliver public safety announcements. He also spoke about the BEAM project: Mayor Fischer and Mayor Gray of Lexington, with their powers combined, plan to create an advanced manufacturing super-region. Muah-ha-ha! And of course, the bridges project had to have at least a few minutes in the limelight. But the real meat of Fischer’s address focused on…

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Protest to be Held Outside Paul’s Louisville Office

All the excitement from Wisconsin and Indiana is spreading to Derby City. Tomorrow at noon, protesters will gather downtown, outside of Rand Paul’s Louisville office, to protest budget cuts, and the union-busting bills currently sweeping the country. “We’re here today to protest Rand Paul’s support of the Republicans’ incredibly dangerous proposed cuts to the budget,” said Kelley Rouda, one of the organizers of the event. “At a time when millions of Americans are struggling to make ends meet, it doesn’t make sense to cut programs that working families depend on. Instead, we should invest in America by making corporations and…