Louisville news: Kenucky's corporate tax code, power plants and death penalty all done broken edition [News]

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  • "The Louisville-based parent of such companies as Kentucky Fried Chicken and Taco Bell [Yum! Brands] paid no net corporate income taxes to states over the past three years, even as it generated more than a billion dollars in profits for shareholders, according to a new report. [Lexington Herald Leader via Insider Louisville]
     
  • "Kentucky power plants—as well as those in many neighboring states—are among the country’s top emitters of toxic pollutants. The rankings come from a new report with data the plants self-reported to the government." [WFPL]
     
  • "An extensive review of Kentucky’s capital punishment system has uncovered serious flaws, prompting the American Bar Association to call for a moratorium on executions in the commonwealth. A team of attorneys, former Kentucky state Supreme Court justices and law school professors spent two years assessing the state’s death penalty system. In a report released this morning, the team states that they 'identified a number of areas in which Kentucky’s death penalty system falls short in the effort to afford every capital defendant fair and accurate procedures and minimize the risk of executing the innocent.'" [LEO Weekly]—Disclosure: I'm on the Kentucky Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty's board of directors.
     
  • "Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer’s administration says overtime pay must be reigned in. The mayor called for an investigation Wednesday into the matter in hopes that it will save the city and taxpayers money. The investigation comes after the administration discovered that at least 550 Metro employees—about 10 percent of the city’s staff—were earning $15,000 or more in overtime every year." [WFPL]
     
  • "Businessmen Ed Hart and Bruce Lunsford say $10,000 in contributions that they and five other people gave to sponsor a table at Mayor Greg Fischer’s Inaugural Gala was instead kept by the mayor’s election campaign to repay personal loans he made to the campaign." [Courier-Journal]

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