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Columns

  • Charter schools bill is the right move for Kentucky

    Early mornings turned to late nights and spirited debate echoed through the House and Senate chambers as we closed in on the final days of the 2017 Legislative Session in Frankfort. A flurry of bills were sent to Governor Matt Bevin’s desk this week, highlighted by measures to empower our Kentucky teachers and create better learning environments for our Kentucky students.

  • Making Kentucky safer, supporting first responders, and easing burdens on churches

    By State Rep. Brandon Reed

    With a busy week of the regular session behind us, the legislature is heading into a 10-day veto recess to let Governor Bevin review the legislation passed by the General Assembly. We took action this week to give final passage to several measures to make Kentucky safer, support our first responders, and ease burdens on our local churches.

  • Opportunity awaits those with technical aptitude

    By Mary Cambron

    The skilled tradespeople working in today’s manufacturing sector have a lot going for them. They have interesting, innovation-driven careers that offer good pay, longevity and skills development that provides security as well as advancement opportunities.
    But here’s the issue: there are too few electricians, machinists, welders and others to meet the demand of the thriving manufacturing sector here in the Lincoln Trail region and across the country.

  • 2017 session nearing its end

    Late nights, packed committee meetings, and heated debate marked the fifth week of the 2017 session. The Senate is quickly passing the remaining Senate bills out and receiving bills from the House for consideration. While there were some contested issues, the Senate conducted itself in a bipartisan fashion. We wasted little time this week and passed more than 40 pieces of legislation including:
    • Senate Bill 9, redistricting of judicial districts in order to better align caseloads with current census data;

  • State working to combat drug epidemic

    By State Rep. Brandon Reed

    As the end of the regular session draws near, we continue work on behalf of the people of Kentucky. This week, the House passed measures to combat our state’s drug epidemic, protect innocent life, and support our firefighters and veterans.

  • ‘Welcoming the Stranger’

    Editor’s note: The following is a statement of the Loretto Community.

  • Kentuckians have almost $500 million in unclaimed property

    By Doug Price

    Find a penny pick it up, all day long you’ll have good luck so the poem goes.  What if you could find hundreds of dollars? The Kentucky State Treasurer’s (KST) office may be able to help. KST administers the unclaimed property fund for the Commonwealth of Kentucky and reports that Kentuckians have almost $500 million in unclaimed property.

  • Senate takes action on major education bill

    Visits from advocacy groups, a ceremonial bill signing, and rallies in the Capitol Rotunda, along with the bipartisan passage of bills, marked a busy week four of the 2017 legislative session. We were excited to welcome the children of Kentucky National Guard members from across the state for the First Annual Kentucky Military Kids Day.

  • Legislators half way through regular session

    By State Rep. Brandon Reed
     
    We are now more than half way through the 2017 regular session and work continues for the people of Kentucky. This week, the House passed measures to ensure student athlete safety, help our state’s veterans, and support our first responders.

  • Local Workforce Board seeks your input in regional strategic plan

    By Mo Miller

    We know that talent fuels our region’s economic prosperity. Businesses cannot succeed or grow without a skilled workforce. Communities cannot attract new business without an available workforce.