Today's Opinions

  • Legislative Update from Representative Jeff Greer

    Hearing Governor Beshear’s budget address reminded legislators of the many challenges that lay ahead if we are to meet our obligations and still find ways to move Kentucky forward.

    Even though our economy is slowly improving the reality is that we must bridge a $742 million shortfall for the next two years.  As in any budget year, the Kentucky General Assembly must now study the governor’s plan and make changes and edits.  This is a long process that will take weeks of analysis, discussion, committee meetings, and compromise.

  • Teen drinking leads to bad things in life

     Each year thousands of teens are killed or injured in traffic crashes as a result of underage drinking. 

  • Online shopping for holidays goes .500 for writer

     Could there be anything worse for a cynical journalist than Christmas shopping?

  • House analyzes population boundaries

     FRANKFORT During the opening days of most legislative sessions in even-numbered years, the primary focus is getting bills moving through committee and readying for the governor’s budget proposal.

    As many of you may know, however, this year is somewhat different, as the General Assembly is also taking on the once-in-a-decade task of redrawing the population boundaries for itself, the Kentucky Supreme Court and the state’s six congressional seats.  It’s something all states do after each Census.

  • House looks at budget challenges

     There is good news and bad news for Kentucky as your General Assembly drafts a new biennial budget during this year's legislative session.  Let's start with the good news:  revenues are up.  

  • Legislators heard Governor’s budget plan on Tuesday

     On Tuesday, Jan. 17, legislators heard from the governor. Gov. Steve Beshear presents his budget proposal to the General Assembly.

    As I have reported in the past, our budget situation is serious and while the General Assembly directed cost-cutting measures and other efficiencies such as reducing personal service contracts and merit employees (those who are politically appointed) in the budget, the Governor vetoed those measures. Now, he will issue his solution to our state’s budget problems.

  • Work looks to have paid off for county

     While nothing is final until the bill is approved and signed by the governor, it appears the hard work of local residents will pay off in the latest redistricting of legislative boundaries.

  • COYLE'S CORNER 01/18/12

     This week Paul Coyle takes a look at how Bullitt County might fair following the redistricting of legislative districts by state government.