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Today's Opinions

  • US Attorney, IRS: Beware of fraudulent tax preparers, schemes

     LOUISVILLE – United States Attorney John E. Kuhn, Jr., joined by Tracey D. Montaño, Special Agent in Charge, IRS Criminal Investigation, urged the public today, to avoid dishonest tax-return preparers and their fraudulent schemes, and urged taxpayers to pay federal income taxes on time and in full, during a press conference today, at the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Louisville.

  • Kentucky Flu Activity Level is Widespread for 9th Consecutive Week

     FRANKFORT – Kentucky Department for Public Health (DPH) officials are reporting “widespread” flu activity to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for the ninth consecutive week. Widespread activity is the highest level of flu activity, which indicates increased flu-like activity or flu outbreaks in at least half of the regions in the state. The activity levels for states are tracked weekly as part of the CDC’s national flu surveillance system.

  • BBB Hot Topics: April 2016

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

     

    1.    Looking for last-minute Kentucky Derby and Oaks tickets? Deal with a reputable business. Check out the company at bbb.org. Also, while websites like Craigslist may have legitimate sellers, some of them are scammers. Remember, the site offers no guarantees. Tip: If you are asked to wire money, it is almost guaranteed to be a scam.

  • 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.