Frankfort, KY – It had a finish fitting of March Madness as time ran down on the legislative clock and a last second shot to pass the hemp bill (Senate Bill 50) hit nothing but net.But the outcome of the game... more

Apr 2, 2013 2:38 PM Business

Lexington, KY - Between the ages of eight and fifteen, I went to summer camp on a Jessamine County farm where industrial hemp had been grown in an earlier generation. In the underbrush, the occasional reminder could... more

Apr 2, 2013 2:33 PM Business

The 13-year experiment in Kentucky politics that is annual legislative sessions should be ended.The General Assembly has proven once again in 2013 that the hypothesis of better governance through annual sessions is simply wrong.... more

Mar 19, 2013 1:55 PM Business

Frankfort, KY - Rep. Tom McKee (D-Cynthiana), chair of the House Agriculture and Small Business Committee, said in a weekend interview that he will call Senate Bill (SB) 50, the industrial hemp bill, up for a vote in... more

Mar 5, 2013 3:17 PM Business

Frankfort, KY – The Industrial Hemp Bill (SB 50) seemed to be on a fast track last week, at least when it comes to the Kentucky Senate.Just one week ago, the legislation was passed out of the Senate Agriculture... more

Feb 19, 2013 3:20 PM Business

Help Wanted: Projections of Jobs and Education Requirements Through 2018Lexington, KY - By 2018, fewer than 10 percent of Kentucky employers will accept job applicants who lack a high school diploma. This Georgetown... more

Feb 14, 2013 10:15 PM Business

Lexington, KY – Last week a large chunk of the Kentucky General Assembly “crowded the winner’s circle” as Gov. Steve Beshear, Senate President Robert Stivers and House [...] more


Lexington, KY - Lexington and Louisville mayors Jim Gray and Greg Fischer are not alone in their support of efforts to amend the state constitution to enable Kentucky’s cities to pay for local capital improvement... more

Aug 21, 2012 2:39 PM Business

Frankfort, KY - Gov. Steve Beshear and Sen. Damon Thayer today announced their plan to introduce an expanded gaming bill in the Senate, a chamber whose presiding officer opposes expanded gaming.The bill would... more

Mar 2, 2012 6:09 PM Business

Lexington, KY - While our legislature ponders further assault to the funding stream of our state's postsecondary system, House Bill 260 presents an initial public offering of sorts. It proposes to add one more state... more

Mar 2, 2012 6:09 PM Business

Frankfort, KY - The state's outmoded tax code is about to meet 23 powerful players in the state who will look to find solutions over the next eight months to allow it to match the state's economy.Gov. Steve Beshear... more

Mar 2, 2012 6:09 PM Business

Lexington, KY - For the past several years, I have written in this magazine about Lexington's growing problems with its Policemen's & Firefighters' Retirement Fund. I usually report about the pension in winter after... more

Mar 2, 2012 6:09 PM Business

Frankfort, KY - Bills to allow for the production of industrial hemp, a much taller plant that contains none of the qualities that make marijuana a drug, are nothing new during a legislative session, but for the first... more

Mar 2, 2012 6:09 PM Business

Lexington, KY - The online gaming, or igaming, industry, which began in 1995, is thriving. Now, thanks to a recent legal opinion from the Justice Department, many states may soon move to capitalize on the industry's... more

Mar 2, 2012 6:09 PM Business

Frankfort, Ky. -The Kentucky Chamber of Commerce today announced the formation of a broad-based coalition of business, labor unions, teachers, local governments, equine industry representatives and others who support... more

Mar 2, 2012 6:09 PM Business

Frankfort, KY - The University of Kentucky would be authorized to spend $375 million of its own money, and a project that would revitalize downtown Lexington would receive $3.5 million from the state under the budget... more

Mar 2, 2012 6:09 PM Business

Lexington, KY - Governor Steve Beshear said Monday he can't imagine the state refusing funds in support of a downtown revitalization project that includes a remodeling of Rupp Arena. But he said the plans might not be... more

Mar 2, 2012 6:09 PM Business

Lexington, KY - Tuesday is the day Kentucky's 138 legislators descend upon Frankfort for the biennial 60-day session of the state General Assembly in which they'll be expected to pass a budget and address other issues... more

Mar 2, 2012 6:09 PM Business

Winchester's New Chamber Director, Cindy Banks, Gets Off to Fast Start... more

Mar 2, 2012 6:09 PM Business

Lexington, KY - With a joint statement from UK's president, athletics director and men's basketball coach, the rug was seemingly pulled out from under a task force's work of investigating the prospects for a new downtown... more

Mar 2, 2012 6:08 PM Business