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Brown-Forman says the bourbon giant has asked Gov. Matt Bevin to veto the tax "cleanup" bill passed on the last day of the legislative, citing an obscure provision within the bill that would hurt it and other large companies doing business in other states.
Senate Majority Floor Leader Damon Thayer, R-Georgetown, was among the legislative leaders from at least six states who took part in a controversial trip to London last summer with lobbyists, according to the Republican organization that says it paid for attendees' travel expenses.
The Urban League and ACLU are urging the General Assembly to not pass House Bill 169 — the so-called gang bill — when the legislature reconvenes for the last two days of the session on Friday, pointing to similar bills in other states that have been accused of leading to racial profiling.
Beshear's lawsuit calls for the pension bill that was signed into law by Gov. Bevin a day earlier to be declared unconstitutional, in addition to a temporary injunction to block the implementation of the law while this litigation proceeds.
Gov. Bevin announced at a press conference Monday morning that he would veto the entire two-year budget and revenue bills passed by the Kentucky General Assembly last week, arguing that they were fiscally irresponsible and merely "kicking the can down the road."
The KentuckyWired project to connect 3,000 miles of high-speed internet cables throughout the state did not receive the $68 million in state appropriations and $110 million in bonding authority it sought in the two-year budget passed by the General Assembly, which may put the entire project in jeopardy.
Gov. Bevin issued a veto on Thursday for House Bill 362, which would allow local governments and school boards to phase in increased employer pension costs over a 10-year period, in addition to the option of letting employers withdraw from the Kentucky Retirement Systems (KRS) with a buy out.
Two days after the last flurry of bills passed in the General Assembly, spam-like texts from an unknown group are urging voters to call the governor and ask him to veto the pension bill, while the Republican Party of Kentucky is targeting Democratic legislators with robocalls for being against funding education.