Hunting For Hipsters: Preserving Conservation In Kentucky

May 28, 2019
Ryan Van Velzer/WFPL

Hunting funds conservation in Kentucky and many other states around the country, but younger generations have been slow to adopt the pastime and the future of the sport is staring down a generational cliff.

The Kentucky founder of the outdoors app Go Wild has a few ideas about how to reverse the trend by creating a new space for hunters, new and old.

The Trump Administration released on Monday details of a 2020 federal budget proposal that includes cutting funds allotted for a new federal prison in eastern Kentucky. The funds would be redirected to other law-enforcement or natural security priorities, potentially including a wall at the southern U.S. border.

The proposed cut rebukes arguments made by Congressman Hal Rogers, the powerful Kentucky Republican who has promoted federal prisons as economic development for communities struggling with high unemployment.


Capitol Annex Cafeteria Future Up for Debate

Mar 26, 2018
Stu Johnson

There are lots of items on the negotiating table as legislative leaders from the House and Senate try to reach agreement on a state budget. That includes a matter near and dear to lawmakers and visitor’s stomachs. 

Along with discussions about education funding, Medicaid, and pensions, lawmakers are debating the future of the Capital Annex Cafeteria.


Gov. Matt Bevin’s proposed budget includes specific cuts impacting Eastern Kentucky University.


EKU President Michael Benson outlined key provisions a campus-wide email today. They include $4 million overall budget reduction and cuts of $200,000 to the Center for the Arts and $150,000 cut to Model Laboratory School.


Benson said plans are being made to mitigate the cuts. 

But on  Monday the EKU Board of Regents were told that slow enrollment, pension reform and state cuts will require $25 million budget reduction and include layoffs. 


Lawmakers return to Frankfort this week for the 2018 General Assembly and are slated to make changes to the state’s pension systems, craft a new two-year budget and consider a variety of other legislation.

This will be the first time in Kentucky history that a budget will be written by a Republican-led legislature and governor. 

On WHAS Radio’s Terry Meiners Show, Bevin said major cuts are likely across state government. 


With financial spending uncertainty ahead, the Lexington city council is considering setting aside more money in a contingency account.  One of the primary unknowns is how much the local government will need to spend following anticipated state pension reforms.

Finance and Administration Commissioner Bill O’Mara got council budget committee approval Tuesday for a $10 million budget stabilization reserve. 

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Lexington Mayor Jim Gray has unveiled his $358 million budget for council consideration.  In his address Tuesday, the second-term mayor made it clear he considers public safety a top priority.  

NOTE: There's a link to the mayor's entire budget presentation at the bottom of this story page. 

Lexington Mayor Jim Gray to Unveil Proposed Budget

Apr 10, 2017

Lexington Mayor Jim Gray will outline his proposed budget for the coming year just prior to Tuesday’s council work session.  The city’s vice mayor doesn’t anticipate many new initiatives.  




Lexington city officials are keeping a close eye on tax revenues coming in to support local government.  Finance Commissioner Bill Omara  last week offered council committee members a six month update on the current fiscal year. 


He admits, despite low unemployment in the city, payroll withholdings, the urban county government’s largest source of revenue, are coming in sluggishly.


The Eastern Kentucky University Board of Regents voted Monday to suspend 10 academic programs.  Three other  academic offerings are undergoing redesign.

Kentucky State University on Eastern Standard

Feb 15, 2016

The president of Kentucky State University says his institution cannot withstand funding cuts in Governor Matt Bevin’s budget.

On this week’s EST, we’ll discuss the 130-year-old historically black college, it’s past and current role in the Commonwealth and it’s future in light of the proposed cuts.


Lexington City Leaders Move Forward with Police Body Cameras

Jun 24, 2015

Lexington leaders are moving forward with the purchase of body cameras for police. Council members had previously decided to wait until the fall to take up the $600,000 project due to questions about future costs pertaining to video storage. City Chief Administrative Officer Sally Hamilton told council Tuesday that those questions have been answered. "When that answer was given to some of the storage, things automatically changed because that was the big issue that was the real stumbling block here," Hamilton said. "Not the cameras, but how you store all this stuff and access it all." 


Funding for police body cameras in Lexington is not included in the budget plan that members are expected to approve next week. 

Lexington Leaders Considering $2M Worth of Park Improvements

Jun 1, 2015

The budget proposal before Lexington Council members includes a number of neighborhood park refurbishing projects.  The mayor's plan calls for almost $2 million in improvements.  General Services Commissioner Geoff Reed says parking lot developments and upgrades to playing courts could be completed within a year or so.  "Some of the other projects that they're discussing like new bathrooms which involves construction, interaction with neighborhoods for the planning process of where folks want things, what they want them to look like which parks is very good at doing may take a little longe


FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky's general fund tax revenues increased 2.4 percent in March - enough to ward off a deficit but not enough to promise a surplus.

State Budget Director Jane Driskell announced the state collected $753.5 million in March, a $17.7 million increase from last year.

Legislative Leaders to Meet with Governor on Tax Reform

Feb 1, 2014

Leaders from both the Kentucky House and Senate are scheduled to meet with Governor Beshear Monday to talk tax reform.  Lawmakers have been waiting on details of a proposal. Governor Beshear promised weeks ago he would come forward with a legislative proposal to reform taxes.  But, the particulars of how to change the state’s tax structure will likely be revealed in Monday's meeting.

Eastern Kentucky University

A review of higher education budget issues has included a call for merging education administration and urging university presidents to become more politically vocal.  The discussion occurred during a meeting of the state budget review committee.

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Governor Steve Beshear says ‘harsh’ budget cuts to some state agencies are needed to move the Commonwealth forward in the areas of education and economic development.  The governor outlined his budget strategy last night during a joint session of the Kentucky General Assembly.

Gov. Beshear's 2014 Budget Address Text & Fact Sheets

Jan 21, 2014

Governor Steve Beshear delivered his Budget Address before a joint session of the Kentucky General Assembly Tuesday January 21 at the State Capitol in Frankfort. 

Attached are copies of the Governor's address and fact sheets with information about specific aspects of his budget proposal.   These are .PDF documents that you can download to your computer or click to view in a .PDF reader.

Federal Budget topic of Kentucky Tonight

Apr 28, 2013

On this week's edition of Kentucky Tonight, host Bill Goodman and guests will the federal budget.  The program which airs "live" Monday evening on Kentucky Educational Television, will be re-broadcast Tuesday morning at 11:00 on the WEKU Stations.

On this week's edition of Kentucky Tonight, host Bill Goodman and guests will discuss the state budget.

Kentucky lawmakers want to know more about aviation needs, including aircraft owned and operated by the state.  The Department of Aviation has 35 employees and an annual budget of around $10 million. The department oversees three fixed-wing aircraft and one helicopter. Two other planes under the department's control were sold at auction last month.

EKU Head Counts Fiscal Blessings

May 12, 2011

After a couple years of recession and state budget cuts, the president of Eastern Kentucky University says some bills are coming due.  Two new buildings are going on-line at EKU and President Doug Whitlock must figure out how to pay for their operation and maintenance. The state once provided funds for such expenses, but, now schools like Eastern must pay those bills.