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Columns

  • Education is a top priority in House budget

    In one sense, Kentucky’s budget doesn’t change much from year to year. A little more than half of every state dollar, for example, goes to our schools, colleges and universities. Another fourth is dedicated to Medicaid and other health services, about a tenth is spent on criminal justice and the final dime goes to everything else.
    While there is relatively little discussion in the General Assembly about those ratios, there is often lively debate on the best way to move each major area forward.

  • Senate is in the ‘fourth quarter’ waiting for an ‘assist’ from the House

    Not only did Friday mark the end to another busy week in the Kentucky Senate, it also was day 46 of our 60-day legislative session. We are now in the proverbial “fourth quarter” when the House and the Senate must come together to get a victory for the state of Kentucky by passing a responsible budget. After 10 weeks we are still awaiting a key “assist” from our colleagues in the House in the form of a budget bill that has yet to pass the lower chamber.

  • Good economic news for Kentucky

    As Kentucky House leaders were putting the final touches on a proposed two-year state budget last week, legislators received not one but two reports of good economic news.
    On Thursday, state officials said that revenues have grown 4.3 percent so far this current fiscal year, all but guaranteeing a surplus with less than four months to go. The sales tax – one of the state’s major revenue sources and a strong indicator of consumer confidence – has now increased in 24 of the past 26 months.

  • Headed toward world government?

    By Harry Toder

    I am a college professor who teaches sociology and criminal justice, so I don't know how I find the time to think about things such as I am about to write about. But, I do, because I like to have the larger perspective on things.

  • Startup success shares lessons learned

    By Lisa Williams

    Just over three years ago, husband and wife team Bob Purcell and Rebecca Wheeling answered a calling to turn a bright idea into a business.
    As independent insurance adjusters, the couple knew having someone work the phones and maps to schedule and route their appointments made their work more efficient. More importantly, those services enabled them to help people in crises get their lives back faster.

  • Helping new business owners start smart

    By Patricia Krausman

    Many new entrepreneurs are confident in the product or service they want to bring to the market, and they are confident they have the industry expertise and customer focus it takes to drive their business idea. Yet, navigating the process of starting a business gives them pause.

  • Entering the homestretch of the 2016 session

    The Kentucky General Assembly crossed another mile marker this week by reaching the deadline for the introduction of new bills in the state Senate. Slightly less than 1,000 bills were filed — 309 Senate bills and 632 House bills — and probably less than 100 of them will pass. March 3 was the last day to file bills in the Senate. We will begin hearing House bills in our Senate committees in the coming weeks. As we enter the homestretch of the 2016 session, some tough decisions will need to be made, along with some compromises.

  • SCC asking for your support

    By Sister Mary Louise Edwards, OP
    Director of Mission Education
    St. Catharine College

    If you live in Washington County there is a good chance that your family has had some connection with the Dominican Sisters of Peace at St. Catharine. After all, the family names of some of our founding sisters: Carrico, Hill, Boone, Sansbury and Johnson are still common in these parts.

  • Senate Bill 1 devalues the arts

    By Susan Crum-Cox
    Artist/educator
    Lebanon

    I appreciate Senator Higdon’s column last week regarding Kentucky Senate Bill 1, and the impact this bill will have on education in our community.   
    One of the lesser known aspects of Senate Bill 1 affects the visual and performing arts courses offered in this county and across the state.  

  • ‘9 to 5’ - a ‘cute little big show’ on stage in Springfield

    By G. B. Dixon