February 10, 2012 - 9:47pm
Mayor Greg Fischer, with General Counsel Pat Mulvihill
“We have been concerned about the degree of economic recovery through the fiscal year, and I congratulate our managers who have been frugally spending their budgets,” Fischer said. “Through sound fiscal management by department directors, we were able to overcome the deficit without directly affecting people or services. Nearly every agency helped share the pain, and we were able to make reductions without mandating across-the-board cuts.”
Politicians have gotten into the habit of releasing bad news in what journalists refer to as the “Friday afternoon dump,” but at 4:40 this afternoon Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer held a press conference at which he delivered some reasonably good news to the citizens and taxpayers of...
January 29, 2012 - 8:56pm
Louisville's Metro Budget
“We trust the suggestions may serve as a point of departure for discussions on ways to increase revenues and reduce costs.”
On Wednesday, Metro Council President Jim King (Dem., 10th Dist.) sent Mayor Greg Fischer a letter containing more that two dozen suggested budget recommendations that King says could save the local government between $10 to $20 million dollars annually. “These are our recommendations to...
July 29, 2012 - 8:01pm
Teamsters picket Louisville Metro Hall
Since they have gone almost two years without a contract—and this is the first time they have picketed in protest during that time—they leave the clear impression that their real beef is with the mayor’s plan to reduce wasteful overtime pay.
It didn’t take long for Teamsters Local Union 783 to respond to Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer’s State of the City address.  On Tuesday, we reported that the mayor released a report indicating that taxpayers spend nearly $14 million a year on unplanned overtime pay for city workers...
January 24, 2012 - 10:00pm
The Mayor protests...
"There have been some cities that declared bankruptcy. There are others that are teetering on the edge of bankruptcy. We are not going to allow that to happen her in our city. So we have to take action."
Louisville’s new mayor, Greg Fischer, released a report today, indicating that taxpayers spend nearly $14 million a year on unplanned overtime pay for city workers; some of which can be reduced with better management and long-term changes to union contracts.  This is significant, since...
July 29, 2012 - 8:01pm
Mayor Greg Fischer delivers State of the City address (WDRB screenshot)
"I didn't become a public servant because I get a kick out of delivering bad news to anyone," said the mayor. "If you have a deep-seated need to be loved and admired every day, you don't need to be mayor, you need to work in a pet shop."
A year ago, in his first State of the City address, Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer called for a new economic development vision for Louisville, saying the city has lost too many jobs the last decade while competitor cities have grown.  “Louisville needs to act more boldly and take more...