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Opinion

  • At the end of a legislative session, months of preparation and weeks of debate give way to a handful of days where the General Assembly and governor decide what will become law and what will have to wait.
    It’s a predictably busy time, especially when the budget is in the mix during even-numbered years.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.  

  • By G. B. Dixon

  • As the Senate eagerly awaits a budget proposal from the House of Representatives, we are busy passing bills both out of committee and out of the Senate to send to our House colleagues during the eighth week of the 2016 Kentucky General Assembly.

  • By Dr. Chris Howlett

  • When it comes to the public’s safety and well being, consumer protection may not always grab the headlines, but that doesn’t diminish its importance.
    It was the key theme last week in the Kentucky House, which moved forward not one but four bills touching on this issue.

  • Trump is a bully
    Say goodbye to everything that makes America great and keeps our democracy working if Trump is elected. I refuse to believe that a majority of Americans could be fooled by a con artist, bully and a fascist. Oh, and Trump is unqualified to be president of anything. He’s filed bankruptcy many times and exploited his employees and committed fraud via Trump “University.” He’s an ugly, hateful American who will destroy what’s left of middle class and democracy.
    Elizabeth Wallen
    Springfield

  • On a scale from one to 10, what would you rate me?
    WAIT… STOP!
    Please don’t answer that question.
    It’s a ridiculous question.
    I’m more than a number.
    And, for anyone to label me or anyone else with a specific number based on appearance is disgusting and incredibly disturbing.

  • The seventh week of the 2016 General Assembly marked the halfway point of the 60-day session. It saw the passage of an education measure to reevaluate, and possibly change, Kentucky’s academic standards in classrooms and assessments of what public school students should know.
    Senate Bill (SB) 1, a designation reserved for what’s considered the Senate President’s top priority of a session, would reexamine Common Core standards that Kentucky led the nation in adopting six years ago.