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Today's Opinions

  • Seum maintains budget focus

     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.

  • BBB Hot Topics: March 2016

     See the latest scams in BBB’s March 2016 Hot Topics

     

    1.    Local consumers are receiving postcards from the Compliance Division. The postcard says to “please call immediately” to avoid potential fees or penalties. A local consumer said he called and was told to pay $70 in order to “clear up a matter.” This is a scam. 

  • Designate a sober driver this St. Patrick’s Day

      FRANKFORT – As Kentuckians prepare to celebrate one of the country’s most popular holidays, the Kentucky Office of Highway Safety (KOHS) and Kentucky State Police (KSP) are reminding drivers to make plans before your St. Patrick’s Day party begins.

  • Putting freeze on college tuition increases proposed

     As citizens of this Commonwealth, state universities play a huge role in our lives, not only through our love of college sports but also the important job of educating our children. 

    Unfortunately, time and time again we hear the struggles of students who are drowning in debt because of student loans they simply cannot pay back. 

    Nationally, students owe over $1.3 trillion dollars in debt.

  • Program would train for work force, get college classes

     High school students need more affordable pathways to college and workforce training, and Kentucky’s industries need more highly skilled, well-trained workers to expand their businesses as the economy improves.

    Last week, I joined House leaders in targeting these urgent issues through a bold new plan that would allow thousands of Kentucky’s high school students to emerge from a state community and technical college both career-ready and debt-free.

  • Court has no alternative but to settle issue with sheriff

     If you are a member of Bullitt Fiscal Court, you have a difficult decision to make on this Wednesday morning.

    Do I take hold of a situation that really isn’t all my responsibility and agree to pay over $638,000 to the state of Kentucky to resolve a deficit incurred by the sheriff’s office over the past five years?

    Or do I not pay the 34 monthly installments of $14,000 and a final balloon payment of nearly $163,000 and risk the loss of regular law enforcement patrol by the sheriff’s office?

  • College age Kentuckians should ensure mumps vaccination

     FRANKFORT — The Kentucky Department for Public Health (DPH) is advising parents of college students to make sure their child is up-to-date on vaccination for protection against mumps, an infectious disease that has been reported recently at Kentucky universities – as well as other college campuses around the country.

  • Do you know how Bullitt County got its name?

     Bullitt County was founded in 1796.  Bullitt County was formed from parts of Jefferson County and Nelson County.  Its location is in the western Bluegrass Region known as the knobs.

    The first people to inhabit this area were the Paleo Indians.  They were hunters and some of the Native American Indians were Shawnee and Cherokee. 

    This area had mineral springs or salt licks, where big game of mammoth and bison once roamed.  This area was considered the Indians homeland and hunting grounds.