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February 2019

Key GLI-backed expungement bills advance in Frankfort

Two key pieces of legislation that would make major improvements to Kentucky’s expungement laws and help to develop and grow the Commonwealth’s workforce are advancing through the General Assembly. Senate Bill 57, sponsored by Senator Jimmy Higdon, passed the Senate 35-2 this afternoon. House Bill 159, sponsored by Representative Jason Petrie,…

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Op-Ed: Infrastructure Investment is Key to Economic Growth

This post first appeared in The Bottom Line on February 26, 2019. Kentucky is in a prime spot — within a day’s drive of two-thirds of the nation’s population. That makes the Commonwealth a key site for industries needing to transport products across the country. In fact, University of Kentucky…

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Senate Bill 7 restores Kentucky’s Arbitration Agreement Law

GLI has joined with business and civic groups from throughout the Commonwealth to voice support for restoring Kentucky’s arbitration law. As a result of a sweeping state supreme court decision in October 2018, Kentucky became the only state in the country to prohibit employers’ use of mandatory arbitration agreements as a…

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GLI urges Louisville Metro Caucus Legislators to support infrastructure funding

In a letter yesterday, GLI urged members of the Louisville Metro Caucus to support House Bill 517, a key bill that could pave the way for the future of infrastructure in our region. The bill provides for a much-needed increase in funding for infrastructure projects in the Commonwealth and finally…

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GLI Hosts Annual Meeting

Over 1,000 business and community leaders along with elected officials gathered at GLI’s 2019 Annual Meeting on Monday for one of the largest business networking events in town. Preparing the Greater Louisville region for the goal of becoming a workforce equipped to handle the digital and technology-focused needs of the…

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Senate Bill 147 cuts red tape for contractors and nonprofits

An important piece of legislation in the State Senate would make a slight adjustment to state law but have a big, positive impact on the construction industry and nonprofit tax-exempt organizations. Senate Bill 147, sponsored Senate Appropriations & Revenue Chairman Chris McDaniel, would allow a nonprofit’s exemption from the state…

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Upcoming budget hearings on proposed tax increase in Louisville

The Louisville Metro Council Budget Committee has announced a series of hearings on the proposed tax increase in Louisville. Mayor Fischer has proposed increasing the city’s tax on insurance premiums from the current rate of 5 percent to 15 percent in 2023. The increase is projected to generate an additional…

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GLI backs sports-wagering legislation

GLI joined business groups from through Kentucky in urging the legislature to pass sports-wagering legislation. House Bill 175, sponsored by Representative Adam Koenig (R-Erlanger), authorizes sports wagering, sports fantasy contests, and online poker in Kentucky and establishes a fair and responsible regulatory system. The bill presents Kentucky with a unique…

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Senate Bill 250 gives JCPS leadership the flexibility it needs to deliver results

Last week, Senator Julie Raque Adams (R-Louisville) filed a key piece of legislation that would allow Jefferson County Public Schools to operate more efficiently and effectively. Senate Bill 250 would improve school board functions, streamline central office bureaucracy, and dramatically improve the ability of JCPS leadership to unify the district…

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GLI testifies in Frankfort in support of small businesses

GLI CEO & President Kent Oyler made the case for small business priorities at a meeting of the House Small Business & Information Technology Committee on Thursday in Frankfort. Highlighting a range of GLI-backed initiatives, such as workers’ compensation reform, lowering personal and corporate income tax rates, and fighting for…

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