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Today's Opinions

  • Budget talks hit stalemate again

     The Kentucky General Assembly met last Friday in its 59th day, and with one day to spare in our 60-day session, efforts to reach compromise on the state’s next two-year budget plan have stalled.

    House and Senate members of the conference committee met for many hours over several days, yet in the end, the House Majority drew the line at protecting public education, while the Senate continues to press the governor’s push to make deep cuts to the budgets of the state’s public colleges and universities.

  • Budget needs to be fiscally sound

     FRANKFORT- As the 2016 Session of the Kentucky General Assembly comes to a close, I have been hard at work in Frankfort fighting for a fiscally responsible budget and moving priority pieces of legislation on to the Governor’s desk.

    Budget negotiations are consuming all of the oxygen in the halls of the capitol, with both sides working to keep their priorities in place. 

    Unfortunately, this means that there has been little movement towards passing a final budget for the Commonwealth, which totals around $21 billion over two years. 

  • JUSTICE DEPARTMENT: Beware of fraudulent tax schemes, preparers

     WASHINGTON – With tax season in full swing, the Justice Department urged the public today to avoid dishonest tax-return preparers who fleece their customers and illegally drain the U.S. Treasury.  Noting that every taxpayer is ultimately responsible for the contents of his or her own return, Acting Assistant Attorney General Caroline D. Ciraolo of the Tax Division also warned the public to be wary of anyone who guarantees a refund or who claims to sell a sure-fire way to reduce your taxes.

  • Legislature coming down to home stretch for session

      We’re in the homestretch of the 2016 session of the Kentucky General Assembly with just a handful of days to go, but as all good horse-racing fans know, the last quarter mile can often seem the longest and most difficult.

    The process is working as expected, though, as members appointed by senior leadership in both the House and Senate continue to seek a compromise on the state’s next two-year budget in a conference committee delegated to that task. At issue are the considerable differences in the two spending plans recently passed in each chamber.

  • Legislative session focusing on budget issues

     FRANKFORT- The focal point of the 2016 Legislative Session is the Executive Branch budget, which took one more step last week in the legislative process as it passed out of the Kentucky House of Representatives on a strict party line vote. 

    Due to several differences from the plan proposed by our caucus earlier this week, some good and some bad, all of our members refrained from casting a vote during this initial round.

  • Budget proposal will finally discussed by Senate

     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. Governor Bevin was elected in a landslide because the people of Kentucky recognized a need for financial change and fiscal responsibility.

    We think the upcoming budget will reflect those needs for the betterment of the Commonwealth.

  • Saying Goodbye

     A few notes about some of those who have passed recently and their ties to the community…

    *Robert Harned, known as Bob, to most, recently passed away.

    For many, many years, the Lebanon Junction man has played a major role in agriculture in the community.

    As a young editorial person put in charge of advertising, my biggest memories were his days of owning Bullitt County Feeders.

  • Belcher remains positive on House budget plan

     I am pleased to report that the House’s budget process is on track and on time, with a vote on our proposal for the state’s next two-year spending plan expected early next week.

    While final details are still being ironed out, I can assure you that we will present a fiscally responsible plan that will take into account the considerable revenue growth the Commonwealth is experiencing -- including more than $908 million expected between now and the end of fiscal year 2018.