For the fourth year, Greater Louisville has been selected as one of only a
handful of communities across the country participating in the national Alfred
P. Sloan Awards for Business Excellence in Workplace Flexibility. read more...
The nationwide awards program, sponsored
by the Families and Work Institute, in partnership with SHRM, recognizes
exemplary employers that are using flexibility as a talent management tool to
enhance workplace effectiveness and contribute to employee
Organizations varying in size
and type from the Greater Louisville/Southern Indiana region are invited to
apply – the application process is FREE and only takes a short time to
Below is the latest news and developments from Metro Hall, Frankfort and
Washington, D.C. If you would like to sign up to receive GLI's free
Legislative Updates, simply visit www.GreaterLouisville.com/Grassroots. read more...
2011 General Assembly Special
Session Ends; Governor
Vetoes Large Portions of Medicaid Bill
The 2011 Special Session of the Kentucky General Assembly
came to an end last week in an interesting turn of events. As we reported, the
House passed the Senate’s version of HB 1, legislation to address a $166
million shortfall in Kentucky’s Medicaid budget. The House did this with
assurance from the Governor that he would veto all portions of the Senate’s
bill that were objectionable to his administration and House leadership.
Because HB 1 is a budget bill, the governor is granted the
authority to strike specific sections subject to a veto override by the General
Assembly. However, as the House adjourned Sine Die immediately after passing
the Senate version of HB 1, the option to override the Governor’s veto was not
As expected, on Friday Governor Beshear vetoed large
portions of the Senate’s version of HB 1, bringing the bill back into alignment
with what the House had originally introduced and he had supported. Click here
to read the Governor’s veto message. Governor Beshear vetoed more than 150
pages of the bill, including sections providing for cuts to state government
programs if Medicaid savings couldn’t be accomplished through managed care, as
the House and Governor Beshear proposed. Other vetoed provisions include
sections barring legislators from being paid during a legislative recess, and
sections baring furloughs of state employees as a cost-savings measure.
As Kentucky General Assembly meets this week in Frankfort, below is a summary of the latest details from GLI's Public Affairs team: read more...
Kentucky General Assembly session ended Wednesday without agreement on an
important issue impacting Kentucky’s budget: addressing a $166.5 million
shortfall in the state’s FY11 Medicaid budget. As such, Governor Beshear called
a Special Legislative Session beginning yesterday. Only two issues are on the
call for the special session: Medicaid and raising the mandatory school
attendance age in Kentucky from the current 16 to 18.
Not surprisingly, politics continue
to play a prominent role in the discussions in Frankfort. As you may know,
Governor Beshear is running for reelection this year, and one of his Republican
opponents in Senate President David Williams. The special session is being
framed in light of this gubernatorial race, and neither side – Beshear and the
House Democrats nor Williams and the Senate Republicans – have changed their
position on Medicaid since last week.
Shawna Burton, GLI’s Director of Engagement,
shares her insights on SBBC programing for 2011, which helps small businesses
make connections and hear from experts in various areas of interest:
This is going to be an exciting year for GLI’s
small business members as we kicked off our 2011 Small Business Breakfast
Club (SBBC) series in January. Bill Weyland, Managing Director of CITY
Properties, presented to a sold out crowd at the Henry Clay where he discussed
the importance of downtown development and how revitalizing the city’s urban
core is fundamental in growing the community.
This year SBBC series is packed full of
successful entrepreneurs, industry experts and community leaders, such as Bill
and Rob Samuels, Tierra Kavanaugh Turner and Jennifer Mackin just to name a
GLI’s Annual Meeting, taking place Tuesday,
March 15, is rapidly approaching. And if you attend, you can have a chance to
win a 2011 Ford Escape. Yes, you read that right. read more...
At the event, GLI will be raffling a two-year
lease on a 2011 Ford Escape. And we know one person who is already excited
for this opportunity: Business First blogger Ed Green. Click here to read his
post on the giveaway.
Raffle tickets cost $20 each (cash and personal check only. Must be
present to win.), and the best part is the proceeds benefit
scholarships for 15K Degrees - a subset of Greater
Louisville's Education Commitment, 55,000