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Opinion

  • The Better Business Bureau has warned consumers for years about talent search firms whose primary goal is to collect money from would-be models, singers or movie stars.  Some talent search businesses are mostly interested in taking financial advantage of the ambitions of people seeking to become a star, and not-so-much interested in identifying talent or advancing the career of the people who audition or try out.

     

  • No matter the ultimate decision on the proposed partnership between the Bullitt County YMCA and the Bullitt County parks and recreation department, great strides have already been made.

    First, a cooperative effort will ensure that the Bullitt Central swimming pool will open on time this spring.

  •     FRANKFORT - After seven weeks of grinding effort, scouring state government for savings, casting a wide net to find more revenue without raising taxes - and under the gun of writing a state budget footer-to-roof beam in limited time - the House this week passed its version of a two-year spending plan for state government.

        The climax came on a near-party-line vote of 65-33 Wednesday after three hours of lively, sometimes contentious, floor debate.

  •     FRANKFORT – As expected, the final full week of the 2010 Regular Session ended with the focus returning to the General Assembly’s top priority, the two-year state government budget.

        House and Senate leaders began working toward common ground on Wednesday afternoon, and if all goes as scheduled, a compromise should be ready for a final vote this coming week.

  •     FRANKFORT - Last week in Frankfort, the Senate passed bills that strengthens the ethical restrictions placed on government officials, restricts a dangerous drug growing in use across the nation, and outlines the proper way for the state to classify local schools that need renovation.

        We also passed bills honoring our veterans and kept a close eye on the progress of the state budget in the House.

  • Congress passed the Credit Card Accountability Responsibility and Disclosure Act in May 2009.

    While some of the changes became effective last fall, the majority started February 22, 2010, with others not effective until August 2010.

    The new credit card law addresses interest rate increases, penalties, and fees.

    For more information on the Credit Card Accountability Responsibility and Disclosure Act of 2009, read the

    The new credit card law will implement the following changes:

  • FRANKFORTee"After nearly two months of work, and in the face of a $1.2 billion deficit, the Kentucky House of Representatives voted this past week for a two-year budget that streamlines state government while investing in the Commonwealth.

    Legislators have known for months that the budget would be difficult to write, given the nation’s worst economic crisis since the Great Depression.

  •     Could the Bullitt County Parks pool next to Bullitt Central been repaired and open last summer?

        Maybe not.

        Having to make upgrades on its filtration system to meet federal safety standards and facing a large leak to fix, it may not have been possible to open the third of the county’s four pools.

  •     Every day, Bullitt County Environmental Health professionals (Registered Sanitarians) are on the job ensuring our Bullitt County is a safe place.

        This unique group of professionals help ensure the safety of restaurants, grocery stores, supermarkets, food production facilities, schools, hotels, motels, mobile home parks, public swimming pools, tattoo studios, and other health programs such as lead based paint, septic systems, radon, milk, water, quality assurance, animal rabies,  methamphetamine labs, and many more.

  •     Many people think that H1N1 is behind us, but the Bullitt County Health Department would like to remind residents, that is not true. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), no states reported widespread influenza activity.

  •     FRANKFORT - Writing an $18-billion state budget isn’t much different from writing a $50,000 household budget. First you get your bucks in a row. Then you decide how to spend them.

        It’s simple. But never as easy as it sounds. Never when money’s way short. And never in a grinding recession.

  • It’s time to start working on your taxes! If you plan to hire someone to do your taxes this year, BBB recommends you choose a preparer wisely. Tax payers are ultimately responsible for everything on their return, even if it is prepared by someone else.

    Reputable tax preparers will ask tax payers several questions to determine whether expenses, deductions and other items qualify and remind clients that they need to keep careful and complete records in order to substantiate information on their tax return.

  •     Even before the gas price hikes a couple of years ago, Bullitt Countians had grown accustomed to parking their vehicles in Mount Washington and Shepherdsville and catching the TARC bus into downtown Louisville.

        The route became so popular that a third bus was placed on the  route.

        However, as gas prices have settled and budgetary woes have increased, TARC board members have a difficult decision.

  •     There was a wonderful exchange of ideas on Thursday evening during the first of the quarterly night-time forums hosted by Bullitt Fiscal Court.

        While it would have been nice to have more general discussion, the topic of the night was quite clear - the proposed YMCA merger with the Bullitt County Parks and Recreation.

        No action has been taken and there is no clear indication if any action would ever be taken.

        However, the plan, though vague, is an interesting proposition.

  •     FRANKFORT – When it comes to education, few days in recent years could rival last Thursday, when the state learned in the morning that it is a “Race to the Top” finalist and the Kentucky House voted overwhelmingly that afternoon to begin raising the high school drop-out age from 16 to 18.

  • BBB Hot Topics - March 2010

     

    Consumer Protection Week begins March 7th - BBB is a proud supporter of this nationwide effort to educate the public on how to become savvier consumers. Hundreds of national and local organizations will work together to educate consumers on the importance of taking control of their personal finances. Look for your BBB at various local events.