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Columns

  • Making the most of a career fair

    By Carter Dyson

    The upcoming 2016 Regional Job and Career Fair Expo is an excellent opportunity for job seekers to discover employment opportunities and to speak with local employers in person, and with some preparation, job seekers can reap the most benefit from their attendance.

  • Senate, House will have to compromise on budget

    After over two months of anticipation and debate, the Senate finally received the state budget bill from the House midway through the 11th week of the 2016 Kentucky General Assembly. We think the upcoming budget will reflect those needs for the betterment of the Commonwealth.

  • 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.