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Today's Opinions

  • I’m on I-71, with a flat tire... April Fool’s!

    There are a lot of reasons to love April – warm weather, Daffodils, bright yellow Forsythia bushes, Red Bud trees, and even Lilacs. But one of my April pleasures is April Fool’s Day, because it gives me an ideal opportunity to mess with my hubby’s mind.

  • Budget differences are small

    When the Kentucky House of Representatives adopted its two-year budget several weeks ago, my colleagues and I had three main priorities: Streamline government; protect education and our most vulnerable citizens; and kick-start our economy.

  • A true turn-around city meeting

    I’m pleased to say that the most exciting thing I witnessed Monday night was the display of hoops excellence that was the Duke-Butler battle for the NCAA championship.

    Thanks to a subdued Pleasureville City Commission meeting, the game truly was the most exciting thing of the night.

    When last I wrote about the Pleasureville meeting, it definitely was not in a favorable light.

  • Budget issues are not yet solved

    As many of you have heard or read, issues around the state’s budget have not yet been resolved.  The primary problem is that the Senate and the House Republicans are unwilling to issue $1.2 billion in additional debt and raise an additional $280 million in taxes.  We are simply not in a position to increase our debt load.

  • My least favorite sign of spring? Mowing

    Oh, how I hate mowing the lawn!

    One morning this past week as I was driving down to Shelbyville to run some errands I was totally caught off guard by not one but two eager-beaver homeowners mowing their lawns.  I wanted to shout, “Relax, it’s only March, folks!”

  • Two-year budget was top priority in final week

    As expected, the final full week of the 2010 Regular Session ended with the focus returning to the General Assembly’s top priority, the two-year state government budget.

    House and Senate leaders and I began working toward common ground on Wednesday afternoon, and if all goes as scheduled, a compromise should be ready for a final vote this week.

  • March Madness is a little different for the General Assembly

    In the General Assembly during this time of year, “March Madness” refers to more than just a basketball tournament as the final hectic days of the legislative session draw to a close.

    In the state Senate, the focus last week was predictably on the two-year budget, with that chamber considering what changes it will make to the House version approved earlier this month.  The Senate is scheduled to vote on a proposal early this week, setting the stage for legislative leaders to come up with a compromise by the end of the month.

  • Census participation is important

    For several weeks, public service announcements have stressed the importance of completing the 2010 census forms which are arriving in the mail now.  It is vital that we participate.

    There is much at stake.  Billions of your tax dollars will be divided among the states based on census results.  Funding for education, transportation, Medicare, Medicaid, and other programs will be affected.