Some Greg Fischer Minimum Wage Back Story

Lost in all the mainstream and social media hubbub over the minimum wage hike in Louisville was what people actually told Greg Fischer’s office. Fischer’s been fond of telling the community that most people opposed the wage increase.

But who was telling him that? What kind of businesses do they operate? What did they really have to say? Do they even live in Louisville?


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Let’s take a look at documents received as part of an open records request that Fischer’s office finally decided to fulfill two months later.

These are all the folks Fischer’s office say opposed a minimum wage increase.

Brent Beanblossom, Home Instead Senior Care:


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Steve Brooks, Tumbleweed:


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Rebecca Daigrepont:


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Jeffrey Davis, Accu-Tec, Inc.:


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John Doster, PARx Solutions:


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Steve Dutton, Printex USA:


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Scott Ferguson:


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Steve Ford, Prospect:


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Christopher Fuller, Arby’s — Atlanta, GA:


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Rich Gimmel, Atlas:


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Debbie Glasgow, Red Roof Inn:


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Mike King, consultant:


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Katrina Kopatz:


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Debbie Glasgow, Red Roof Inn:


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Mike King, consultant:


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Katrina Kopatz:


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Pam Krause:


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Cliff Krawiec, claims increase will harm seniors:


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Barry Laws, Openrange:


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Charles Leis, Bramco:


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Buddy Mattingly, Tumbleweed:


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Christian McCutcheon, BrightStar Care:


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Tim Poole, Dizzy Whizz:


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Andrew Ott, Kentucky Restaurant Association:


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Anthony Piagentini, Republican Party:


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Cindi Peeff:


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Jeff Reetz, failed Republican congressional candidate and Pizza Hut franchisee:



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Jones Shenanigans Will Plague The School Board

Ruh ro. It’s a rare morning roundup from Jake and not some college kid trying to score some intern credits.

We told you ages ago this was happening! There’s more where this came from, particularly on the communications front. Just watch. A close associate of Jefferson County Board of Education Chairman David Jones Jr. was one of four people who vetted and interviewed candidates for a high-level Jefferson County Public Schools job last year — despite a state law that prohibits school board members from playing any role in the hiring of district personnel. [Toni Konz]

The sides are lining up for what may be the last battle over the design of a planned Wal-Mart superstore at Broadway and Dixie Highway. [C-J/AKN]

LG&E said there was an explosion and fire at the Cane Run sub-station in PRP, just after 1 a.m. on Sunday. [WHAS11]

A quarter of a century ago, “inadequate” was a kind description for many schools in Kentucky. School districts relied heavily on local property taxes for funding, which meant children in poor counties with small property-tax bases sometimes sold candy or magazines to help keep the lights on at school. [H-L]

Guess there are no crazy ass murders to solve or anything. Two women were arrested on prostitution charges following an undercover LMPD operation. [WLKY]

One of the few bipartisan goals that President Barack Obama and Republicans agree on is comprehensive reform of the tax system, but Democrats cried foul Friday as GOP leaders in the House began passing permanent tax cuts that opponents believe would make that reform harder. [HuffPo]

Some of those putting up with the tunnel blasting and traffic stoppages for the construction of the new east end bridge may need to be reminded why the project is going underground before going across the river. [WAVE3]

A married same-sex couple on Friday asked a federal court to force Indiana state and county officials to name both of the women as parents on their newborn son’s birth certificate. [Reuters]

The passing rate for Kentuckians taking the GED has improved since the national high school equivalency exam underwent changes in 2014, according to Kentucky Adult Education officials. [WFPL]

It was a wildly busy week in the Kentucky General Assembly as the Democratic-controlled House sprang into overdrive, passing a bevy of bills after the Senate had done the same in the session’s first week. [Ronnie Ellis]

Coca-Cola Bottling Co. Consolidated, the nation’s largest independent Coca-Cola bottler, plans to cut the ribbon on a new sales and distribution center in Louisville on Monday. [Business First]

The Floyd County Election Board has been working on improving the voting process since the day after the November election, when some voters stood in line more than two hours to cast a ballot. [News & Tribune]

Do You Want Greg Fischer To Raise Your Taxes?

Plans will move ahead to close the New Albany Pillsbury plant, despite efforts by the mayor and city council to keep the company — and its 400 jobs — from leaving the city, a union representative says. [WDRB]

Carolyn Miller Cooper, executive director of the city’s Human Relations Commission, struggled to sleep Monday night. [C-J/AKN]

On a chilly night in downtown Louisville rainbow colors warmed the night sky as the lights of the Big 4 Bridge officially turned on. [WHAS11]

Requesting help to avoid a “costly and time-consuming legal challenge,” U.S. Sen. Rand Paul is asking members of the Republican Party of Kentucky’s central committee to create a presidential caucus in 2016. [H-L]

A Louisville man is behind bars in connection with a string of home burglaries. [WLKY]

Of course Rand Paul is appearing in a crazy ass anti-gay documentary. The only thing that’s surprising is that it’s not a pro-Jim Crow documentary. [HuffPo]

Police say an inmate escaped from Metro Corrections after taking the place of another inmate at the office for the home incarceration program. [WAVE3]

Louis Brandeis was wrong. The lawyer and Supreme Court justice famously declared that sunlight is the best disinfectant, and we have unquestioningly embraced that advice ever since. [ProPublica]

As an anti-smoking rally descended on the Capitol rotunda on Wednesday, a bill that would ban smoking in public places across Kentucky is still waiting to be heard on the state House floor. [WFPL]

If you missed it yesterday, a Circuit Court judge entered the most remarkable eff you Order of Recusal we’ve ever seen. And it was in the Joshua Powell case in Montgomery County! [Page One]

A new ranking of public universities was a mixed bag for the University of Louisville, which scored high in admissions and has shown growth in diversity, costs and advancement but is still struggling with prestige nationally. [Business First]

Television and radio stations were approved for each of Greater Clark County Schools’ high schools at Tuesday night’s board meeting, with funding to get figured out next month. [News & Tribune]

Do you really want to trust GREG FISCHER to raise your taxes? Of course you don’t. [Ronnie Ellis]

The Board Will Never Hold Hargens Accountable

Something has been on our minds for a while, so it’s time for a flashback, courtesy WDRB’s Toni Konz:

2) An item that had been on the agenda that would have asked the board to revert the district’s staffing standards for middle school assistant principals and counselors to fiscal year 2010-11 standards was pulled Thursday afternoon.

In the 2011-12 school year, JCPS added funding for 25.5 assistant principal and 1.6 counselor positions at middle schools. In the recommendation that initially appeared on the agenda, officials said eliminating those positions could save the district approximately $2.6 million.

However, Hargens said that was put onto the agenda in error.

“We are looking at every dollar we spend in JCPS,” she said. “We have to tie everything back into how it impacts our students. Somehow during our discussion, the assistant principal item made it onto the agena. It was a mistake.”

Hargens said she is not recommending the elimination of 25 middle school assistant principals.

JCPS sources tell us that Hargens came up with that after getting caught attempting to sneak through the termination of 25 assistant principals.

But the local school board, comprised of a couple of Hargens’ friends, refuse to hold her accountable.

Several principals tell us they’re outraged and can’t reveal what they know for fear of retaliation and losing their jobs.

It’s tough not to believe where they’re coming from. Because Hargens is the same person who froze salaries a couple years ago, only telling everyone about it on a Friday evening after the close of business.

How Will Greg Turn All The Murders Into Fun?

Mike Heitz, who served as director of the Louisville Metro Parks and Recreation department for more than 12 years, is retiring to spend more time drinking and driving in a vehicle that is not owned by taxpayers. [C-J/AKN]

Kentucky State Police say they had no other choice but to shoot a suspect after he pulled a gun when they were trying to serve a warrant. [WDRB]

Julia Bauscher, director of school and community nutrition services for Jefferson County Public Schools, would love to see her JCPS students eating more locally grown and raised food. [More C-J/AKN]

Another day, another murder in Greg Fischer’s Possibility City! Louisville Metro Police are on the scene of a shooting in the Portland Neighborhood. [WHAS11]

The United States urged a meeting of the Group of 20 leading economies not to resort to currency devaluations to boost exports, while a draft communique gave a gloomy assessment on Tuesday of the outlook for global growth. [Reuters]

A jury found a Louisville police officer not guilty of official misconduct and harassment charges. [WLKY]

The current outbreak of measles, the largest since the disease was declared eliminated in the U.S. more than a decade ago, was made possible in large part by a single black mark in the medical research literature — a discredited 1998 study from Dr. Andrew Wakefield that purported to link the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine to autism. [HuffPo]

The shooting death of a young man near Shively over the weekend has been ruled as a justifiable homicide, Louisville Metro police say. [WAVE3]

Public-sector workers are under fire again — and not just from Republicans. [Politico]

Fewer people live in Louisville’s urban core than nearly a decade ago, yet in the same time span more housing units have become available— a juxtaposition symbolic of the current state of downtown. [WFPL]

This could be a huge deal in Louisville. Members of Congress are taking a serious look at abolishing Tricare, the insurance option provided to members of the military and their families. [The Hill]

The Small Business Administration is teaming with the National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce to help LGBT-owned businesses win more government contracts. [Business First]

Unless a petition to the Clark County Circuit Court is successful, John Perkins’ name will not be on the ballots this year. [News & Tribune]

Fischer Continues Fight To Raise Your Taxes

Kentucky is trying to do more to protect victims of dating violence. [WDRB]

With mayoral and city council primaries less than three months away, Jeffersonville Mayor Mike Moore will deliver his annual State of the City address Tuesday at a Jeffersonville Rotary Club luncheon. [C-J/AKN]

While George Junior went to Frankfort to beg for the right to raise your taxes, Rome continued to burn. [WHAS11]

A proposal to shore up the Kentucky Teachers’ Retirement System with the state’s largest-ever bond issue won approval Tuesday by the House Appropriations and Revenue Committee. [H-L]

Greg Fischer will officially illuminate the Big Four Bridge in a celebration planned for Wednesday evening. [WLKY]

The U.S. government is creating a new agency to monitor cybersecurity threats, pooling and analyzing information on a spectrum of risks, a senior Obama administration official said on Tuesday. [HuffPo]

Surely no one actually drinks this Angel’s Envy stuff. [WAVE3]

The Supreme Court is reviewing lethal injection for the first time in seven years. [ProPublica]

Here’s your NO DUH moment of the year. Records shed little light on vetting of new University of Louisville executive from scandal-plagued school. [WFPL]

House Democrats plan to hear their own version of a bill to combat the rise in heroin usage in Kentucky but the bill’s primary sponsor says he’s highly confident any differences can be worked out with the Republican Senate which has already passed its own measure. [Ronnie Ellis]

This might be a case of ending up with more than you bargained for. Last year, Anheuser-Busch LLC, a Louisville-based distributor owned by multinational beverage giant Anheuser-Busch InBev, purchased Budweiser of Owensboro, a previously unaffiliated distributorship. [Business First]

Though Groundhog Day was Monday, some New Albany officials feel like they’ve been through this scenario before. [News & Tribune]