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Today's Opinions

  • Public will see new faces at health department

     It is with great pleasure, albeit a little delayed, that we introduce some new health department employees. 

    There are four new employees over the past year; Brittany Bell, Teresa Catlett, Tesha Collins, and Teresa Murphy. 

    First onboard was Brittany Bell, MPH, CPH was hired on as an Epidemiologist in January 2015. She graduated with a Master’s in Public Health from University of Louisville with a concentration in Epidemiology. 

    She is a Bullitt County native and a graduate of Bullitt Central High School.

  • Public will see new faces at health department

     It is with great pleasure, albeit a little delayed, that we introduce some new health department employees. 

    There are four new employees over the past year; Brittany Bell, Teresa Catlett, Tesha Collins, and Teresa Murphy. 

    First onboard was Brittany Bell, MPH, CPH was hired on as an Epidemiologist in January 2015. She graduated with a Master’s in Public Health from University of Louisville with a concentration in Epidemiology. 

    She is a Bullitt County native and a graduate of Bullitt Central High School.

  • 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.

  • 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.