government spending

Stan Jastrzebski / WBAA News

It was a packed house at the Frankfort Middle School cafetorium – a lunch room with an arched stage off to one side. Supporters of incumbent Mayor Chris McBarnes, many clad in neon green tee shirts advocating their candidate sat on one side. Across a physical  -- if not ideological – aisle were backers of Third District City Councilman Lewis Wheeler, many dressed in red. 

City of Frankfort

It’s fair to say Frankfort Mayor Chris McBarnes was a little taken aback this week when an auditor declared his city was on the course to a structural budget deficit in the next few years.

Now that the mayor has had a couple days to digest those findings, we ask him whether there’s really a problem with the computations or whether, if he wins a second term, he might have to make some hard choices.

Congressman Andre Carson /

Congress is back in session for the march toward adjournment for the year.

The House and Senate's first week back will be consumed by debate over the nuclear deal with Iran, although Senate Democrats are expected to block a final vote in the Senate. But Congress has until Oct. 1 to pass a spending bill to keep the government running for the next year, and is trying to finalize a six-year transportation funding bill.

Congressman Luke Messer (R-6th) says the Iran deal deserves a debate and vote, even though the outcome is a foregone conclusion.