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In Kentucky, Entrepreneurs Can Double Their Money…

with Kentucky’s unparalleled 100% state-level match for SBIR and STTR grant funds. As Thomas Friedman noted in his recent New York Times column, Louisville is increasingly seen as a national model of a burgeoning start-up community that is outside the influence of Silicon Valley. Our region’s entrepreneurs leverage local corporate…

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3 Things you need to know about this week in Frankfort: Budget, Politics & Timing

The Top 3 Things you need to know about this week in Frankfort: Budget – The focus remains on the budget. Various House and Senate committees continue to review Governor Bevin’s budget proposal and hear testimony from agencies and interest groups about the impact of his proposed budget. Based on public…

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What You Missed in the First Half of the 2016 General Assembly

The 2016 session of the Kentucky General Assembly has passed the midpoint, with legislators on their 34th of 60 available legislative days for this session. Though many legislative efforts continue to move through the chambers, much discussion concerns one thing: the BUDGET. The House and Senate both continue to hold…

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Halfway Home: Kentucky General Assembly has completed 32 in 60-day session

The 2016 session of the Kentucky General Assembly has passed the midpoint, with legislators having completed 32 of 60 available legislative days for this session. Though the legislative activity remains steady, the legislative politics and interest are focused on one thing: the BUDGET. The House and Senate both continue to…

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Budget Looms Large as Legislature Enters Week 7

The sixth week of the 2016 Session saw a continuation of contentious budget hearings as the House and Senate both continue to review the Governor’s budget proposal. The biggest points of contention seem to be: – Large cuts to postsecondary education, which are perceived as a double hit for some…

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Governor Bevin’s Budget Proposal Sparks a Flurry of Activity in the Legislature

The fourth week of the 2016 General Assembly was consumed by Governor Bevin’s release of his budget and policy proposals in his first State of the Commonwealth & Budget Address to a joint session of the General Assembly on Tuesday. Given the austere approach the Governor took in his budget…

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The State of the Commonwealth & Budget Address – A Citizen’s Synopsis

Governor Bevin introduced his biennial budget proposal on Tuesday night. This brief synopsis is taken from his remarks as well as his staff’s Budget-in-Brief.  We at GLI will be digging down into the numbers over the next few weeks. As the budget process continues, we will continue to update you….

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GLI Priorities Awaiting Action After Snow Cuts Week 3 Short

The third week of the 2016 General Assembly was a short one with legislators taking a holiday on Monday to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day and cancelling session on Friday due to the threat of severe winter weather. Legislative activity is stirring in each chamber, though there are still…

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GLI Priorities Moving in Early Days of Session

The General Assembly completed the second week of the 2016 session and was off yesterday for the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday with no legislative activity. Things continue to come to life in each chamber, though there are still several committees in each chamber that have yet to meet and…

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Kent Oyler: GLI backs ‘right to work’ to attract business

This op-ed first appeared in the Louisville Courier-Journal Kentucky has a strong history of protecting workers’ right to organize. Yet over the past half-century the statutes that once protected the commonwealth’s labor force have devolved to protect just the small number of union leaders that perpetuate a broken system.  It is…

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