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Today's Opinions

  • Budget brings lively discussions

        FRANKFORT - After seven weeks of grinding effort, scouring state government for savings, casting a wide net to find more revenue without raising taxes - and under the gun of writing a state budget footer-to-roof beam in limited time - the House this week passed its version of a two-year spending plan for state government.

        The climax came on a near-party-line vote of 65-33 Wednesday after three hours of lively, sometimes contentious, floor debate.

  • Senate takes many items out of budget

        FRANKFORT – 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 began working toward common ground on Wednesday afternoon, and if all goes as scheduled, a compromise should be ready for a final vote this coming week.

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  • Ethic requirements on officials are strengthened

        FRANKFORT - Last week in Frankfort, the Senate passed bills that strengthens the ethical restrictions placed on government officials, restricts a dangerous drug growing in use across the nation, and outlines the proper way for the state to classify local schools that need renovation.

        We also passed bills honoring our veterans and kept a close eye on the progress of the state budget in the House.

  • Watch new credit card laws now taking effect

    Congress passed the Credit Card Accountability Responsibility and Disclosure Act in May 2009.

    While some of the changes became effective last fall, the majority started February 22, 2010, with others not effective until August 2010.

    The new credit card law addresses interest rate increases, penalties, and fees.

    For more information on the Credit Card Accountability Responsibility and Disclosure Act of 2009, read the

    The new credit card law will implement the following changes:

  • House members get budget to the Senate

    FRANKFORTee"After nearly two months of work, and in the face of a $1.2 billion deficit, the Kentucky House of Representatives voted this past week for a two-year budget that streamlines state government while investing in the Commonwealth.

    Legislators have known for months that the budget would be difficult to write, given the nation’s worst economic crisis since the Great Depression.

  • Leaders must communicate with others to be effective

        Could the Bullitt County Parks pool next to Bullitt Central been repaired and open last summer?

        Maybe not.

        Having to make upgrades on its filtration system to meet federal safety standards and facing a large leak to fix, it may not have been possible to open the third of the county’s four pools.