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Opinion

  • 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.

     

  •     With so many innovative things happening in education, one item that really hasn’t been altered in years is the calendar.

        No matter what calendar is finally agreed upon, there will be those who are unhappy.

        As the push to get more instructional days into the calendar before state testing is done in the spring, maybe it is time to at least start discussions on some type of alternative calendar.

  • MARCH 2010

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    MONTH:

    Brain Injury Awareness

    Caffeine Awareness

    Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Awareness

    Clean Up Your IRS Act

    Colorectal Cancer Awareness

    Craft

    Credit Education

    Employee Spirit

    Endometriosis Awareness

    Ethics Awareness

    Expanding Girls' Horizons in Science and Engineering

    Eye Donor

    Frozen Food

    Honor Society Awareness

    Humorists Are Artists (HAAM)

    International Ideas

  • FRANKFORT - Over the past week in Frankfort, the Senate continued its work in many areas of government policy as we passed legislation dealing with jails, health care, and education.

    We also continued to keep a close eye on the budget plan being worked on in the House of Representatives.

    We passed House Bill 231, which creates a second level of psychiatric residential treatment facility licensure in Kentucky.

  • FRANKFORT - Last week the 2010 Regular Session of the General Assembly reached its halfway point, and the Senate passed measures to increase transparency in political campaigns, build energy efficient schools, and improve Kentucky’s laws concerning driving under the influence of alcohol.

  • SHEPHERDSVILLE - Who says the fiscal court members can’t play well together? Especially in this time of love - Valentine Day.

    They played a game of musical chairs last week after a discussion arose over the legality of committee meetings and who could attend.

    Last year, the fiscal court officially set committees to deal with the budget, personnel, infrastructure and contracts. Joe Laswell and Eddie Bleemel sat on the budget/personnel committees with David Walker and Buddy Shepherd on the other two.

  •     When the move was made over 10 years ago, some questioned the need to annex along Highway 1020 to reach a business over seven miles away.

        The reason was simple - the business owner needed to get a rezoning to maintain and to expand a quarry operation and the city of Shepherdsville didn't mind picking up the added revenue for little extra expense.

        Since that occurred, many things have happened and the latest is a proposal to remove the 128-acre quarry from the city's corporate boundaries.

  •     FRANKFORT - Although a lot of work remains, the Kentucky House of Representatives moved the budget process forward significantly last week when the chamber’s leaders unveiled a proposal to overcome the $1.2 billion deficit the state faces during the next two years.

        Our plan calls for living within our means, without any new taxes.  It does not require the steep cuts many states have made, and it continues protecting those core services like education, Medicaid and our safety.

  •     To have the governor of the Commonwealth in your community is normally a good thing.

        Barring natural disasters, governors visit with their entourage to spread good news.

        On Monday, Roby Elementary was the site of Gov. Steve Beshear’s latest visit.

        He wasn’t bringing one of those oversized checks to Bullitt County. But he was here to announce a stimulus grant for $4.75 million to a program that Bullitt County has been a part of for several years.

  • FRANKFORT - As this holiday-shortened week wore on, legislative leaders began hinting at the outline and shape of a spending plan that would indeed, as speculated, count on additional federal stimulus dollars, along with certain targeted cuts, to spare elementary and secondary education of essential-funding reductions and bring manageable order to a state budget facing a billion-dollar shortfall or worse.

  •     FRANKFORT - Each legislative session, the General Assembly spends much of its time focusing on three areas: education, the economy and public protection.

        It was the latter two that generated the most discussion in the state House last week.

  •     If my recollection serves me, it is sweeps month for television viewership. If that still be the case, look for a lot of investigations.

        Was interested to see that one station is doing an investigation on Thursday over the decision to open or to close schools due to inclement weather.

        I’ll tape it (or whatever we do in this day and time) because I hope to gain some insight.