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LouisvilleKY Metro Council told its vote jeopardizes capital projects

County attorney’s office advises mayor’s office and Council president: Financial and legal consequences ‘may be significant’ Louisville, KY., – Following a vote Thursday by Metro Council, Louisville Metro Government (LMG) has suspended all work on the current budget’s debt-funded capital projects, effective immediately. The Council voted 18-8 to suspend the bond ordinance that would fund the projects, which the Council has twice approved – first when approving the FY19 budget in June, and then again the next month, when approving the bond reimbursement ordinance. These are bonds that were authorized to pay for projects ranging from paving and sidewalks throughout the city, to funding…


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LouisvilleKY government leaders react to passing of city’s favorite son

From www.louisvilleky.gov.   Louisville, KY., – “Our city, our Commonwealth, our nation and the world has lost “The Greatest”. Not only was Muhammad Ali a legend in the world of sports, and considered by many to be the greatest heavyweight boxer of all time, he changed the world with what he did outside the ring. He was a champion for civil rights, religious freedom, and solving conflicts through peace and understanding. A man of humble beginnings right here in Louisville, who inspired young people to be the best they could be in whatever field they chose to pursue. To Lonnie and…


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Metro Council Approves New Regulations for Short Term Rentals in Metro Louisville Ky

  Louisville –By a vote of 20 to 6, The Louisville Metro Council has approved a new set of regulations to permit the growing online industry of short-term rentals within Metro Louisville.  Hosting platforms such as Airbnb, HomeAway, VRBO and FlipKey are used by a growing number of homeowners seeking to rent out anything from an extra room to an entire house. The short-term rental ordinance passed after the work of the Council’s Public Safety Committee.  Members began to review the need for regulation after Metro Codes and Regulations cited residents for renting their homes.  At the time, there were…


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Two Louisville Ky council members ask Frankfort to increase minimum wage

Louisville, Ky., – Two members of the Louisville Metro Council are sponsoring a resolution which calls on Kentucky lawmakers to pass an increase in the minimum wage during the 2016 legislative session. Councilman David James (D-6) and Councilman Brent Ackerson (D-26) are co-sponsors of the resolution. “We are seeing positive benefits to the action the Council took last December and it is time that all low-income and hard working men and women benefit by increasing the minimum wage,” says James. “The indications are all positive on the impact of the increase. Our unemployment rate continues to decline and families are…


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Louisville Ky’s Council representatives react to Dixie Highway redevelopment

Louisville, KY., – Congressman John Yarmuth, along with Mayor Greg Fischer and Governor Steve Beshear, have announced that Louisville will be the recipient of a $16.9 million U.S. Department of Transportation T.I.G.E.R. grant to support the redevelopment of the Dixie Highway corridor. The T.I.G.E.R., Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery, program was developed by Congress in 2009 to generate economic development and improve access to reliable, safe, and affordable transportation for disconnected communities both urban and rural, while emphasizing improved connection to employment, education, services and other opportunities, workforce development, or community revitalization. The Dixie Highway Master Plan was commissioned by…


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Get your blues on this weekend at Louisville’s Garvin Gate Blues Festival

Louisville – It is a special year for another great Old Louisville tradition. The fall season has returned and this weekend some of the best blues music can be found when some of the best blues musicians get together to kick back and jam and the best thing of all: it’s FREE. Councilman David James (D-6) and Four Roses Bourbon invite the community to the 20th Garvin Gate Blues Festival to be held on Friday and Saturday, October 10th and 11th at The Gate on Garvin Place at Oak Street in historic Old Louisville. “20 years ago is was just…


Metro Council Begins to Address Airbnb-Type Rentals

Louisville – The Metro Council’s Public Safety Committee will hold a special meeting on Friday, June 19th at 11:00am to begin review and discussion of proposed regulations for short term rentals in Metro Louisville. “I want to make sure we have a thorough discussion and that all parties involved have a chance to participate as we move forward,” says Councilman David Yates (D-25) who chairs the committee. “We want to ensure that Metro Louisville keeps up with technology and the changing economy but we must also consider our established businesses as well.” In March, the Metro Council approved a resolution…


Louisville: Let Knowledge Serve the City—the poor need a win-win!

  This testimony is made by Dr. John GilderbloomCell: (502) 608-7567 jgilde02@sprynet.com and Wes Grooms, MUP (and Ph.D. Student) Cell: (202) 549-1779 charlesgrooms@gmail.com as individuals representing themselves and themselves only.   This testimony does not represent the opinion of the University of Louisville or any associated institutions.   We agree with the Council member(s) who have indicated that there will be a boom in local community spending with an additional $86 million in new spending by roughly 65,000 poor residents in Metro Louisville.   We urge you to make use of the highly regarded and award winning local university resources whose first…



Rusty Rambles On: with David James and Terry Boyd

First, I wanted to see why David James voted not to remove ethically-challenged Barbara Shanklin from the Metro Council. He claims it’s because she wasn’t proven to have stolen any money. But I still wonder, given she did break ethics rules, what she would have to do get the boot. And apparently doing stupid stuff with good intentions is not one of them.